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THE TRAIN TO TIMBUCTOO (Golden Books Family Story Time, Number 4)

Author: Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrator: Art Seiden

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Publisher: Golden Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The big train and the little train each steam to Timbuctoo, far down the track from Kalamazoo, in a fun-to-read fantasy. This is a read-aloud story that everyone can enjoy.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 0 to 5

Reading Level: 3.7

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

Young Reader Reaction: This has been a favorite bedtime story. The repetitious words and the rhyming make it fun.

Adult Reader Reaction: You GOTTA make all the sounds. Clickety clack, DING DING DING and a DONG DONG DONG, and everything else. If you let yourself get into the rhythm of the words, it lulls like riding on a railroad. Be sure to read the last stanza over and over in a voice that decreases to a whisper; they almost fall asleep during it.

Pros: Nice art, fun story, and lets kids compare their toy trains to the real ones.

Cons: We're not sure WHY there are two trains to Timbuctoo, but hey.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a must-have for your library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: LITTLE WHISTLE   THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD   MR. BROWN CAN MOO! CAN YOU? DR. SUESS' BOOK OF WONDERFUL NOISES

Educational Themes: This is just a fun-to-read story.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, trains, fantasy, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2005

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