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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.
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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