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Author: Susan Wickberg

Illustrator: Yumi Heo

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Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The story follows a train down the tracks past different locations. It ends up at the beach to drop some of the passengers off for a fun day in the sun. The story also shows the many different cars found on the train and what they hold. This picture book uses rhymes that engage the reader as though they're riding the train.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 2 to 5

Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter enjoyed the story, but didn't like the pictures. She would ask me to stop and explain the items in the pictures.

Adult Reader Reaction: This wasn't a favorite. There was nothing bad about it, but it didn't seem to flow very easily and the pictures were confusing.

Pros: This is a fun story about a train, what it carries, and the places it goes.

Cons: The pictures made the story hard to enjoy.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. A child who likes trains will enjoy exploring this book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE TRAIN TO TIMBUCTOO (Golden Books Family Story Time, Number 4)   MONKEY AND THE ENGINEER   EYEWITNESS: TRAIN

Educational Themes: Use this book to teach young children about trains: how they carry different things and also take people to different places. Bring it to life by taking a field trip to a train station.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, trains

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2008

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