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Publisher: Little Simon, a Division of Simon & Schuster,
Material: board book
Summary: The freight train is rolling out! It's carrying toys and yummy fruits and vegetables. But, wait! Another train is coming from the other direction! It's late, and the track hasn't switched! Where is Switchman Jack? He switches the track just in time and the crisis is averted! The train rolls into the station just on time, and everything arrives safe and sound. This is a lift the flap book a board book for toddlers and preschoolers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 2 to 4
Age of Child: Read with two boys, ages 2 and 4.
Young Reader Reaction: My 2 year old LOVED this book! He LOVED lifting the flaps and predicting what would "happen" when the flap flipped. The light turns from yellow to red! The box car door opens to unload the cargo! What tremendous FUN! He asked for it every night!
My 4 year old liked this book a lot, too, but, being nearly 5 years old, it certainly did not appeal to him nearly as much. He enjoyed reading it, but was just as happy to alternate through other books.
Adult Reader Reaction: I loved the book. The lift the flaps were really creative, and added great action to the story (the train tracks switching, the gate closing, etc.). The text was fun and just the right length for the attention span of a 2 year old. Just a lot of fun all around, for my kids and for me. I enjoyed exploring it, too!
Pros: TRAINS!The wonderful lift-the-flaps and just the right amount of text make this a great choice for read aloud time.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is just a fun book to read over and over and over again. My 2 year old put it at the top of his request list, along with "Airplane Flight", a similar book by the same author and illustrator, but about an airplane.