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Author: John Coiley

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Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a non-fiction book all about trains, from the oldest to the newest, with layers of detail. This book is part of the DK Eyewitness Books series.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, anytime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 6 to 9

Reading Level: 8

Age of Child: Read to kids ages 2 and 6 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: The littlest reader loves seeing all the pictures of the trains and train paraphernalia. When our now first-grader was two or three, he was pronouncing his first Japanese word, shinkansen ("bullet train") based on reading this together.

Adult Reader Reaction: If you like trains, you'll read this at a much deeper level. Each page has a summary paragraph that tells kids what's on the page; older kids and much older kids will read every word of every caption to absorb every detail in this fantastic book.

Pros: The history, the details ... it's everything we come to expect from the DK Eyewitness Books series.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. It is a great reference book that will spurn your imagination to think of railroad days gone by.


Educational Themes: There isn't much you won't learn about railroads and the history of trains in this book.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book series, trains

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2005

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