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Author: Steve Light

Illustrator: Steve Light

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Publisher: Chronicle Books,

Material: board book

Summary: Explore each of the 8 types of train. Readers learn about freight trains, streamliners, mountain trains, bullet trains, old steam trains, diesel trains, big steam trains and a caboose. Each one includes an onomatopoeia description with the sound that each type makes. More than just reading, this board book offers kids a chance to make train sounds.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 4 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 7

Young Reader Reaction: The illustrations and text - both in watercolor - are appealing not just to the eyes, but your ears, too. I really liked the mountain train going uphill and the real feel of elevation. The wide pages really lend themselves to a description of trains.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is so fun to read. It isn't just the kids / young listeners who get into the sound. The oblong size (wider than it is tall) really adds to the experience. It lets kids get the sense of an oversize book, but not one that is too hard for them to hold.

Pros: Hop on board! This is a fun book to share and read aloud with young kids.

Cons: None!

Borrow or Buy: Buy. You'll be reading this A LOT. Plus, with the emphasis on the trains' sounds, even the youngest kids will pick it up and think they are reading.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Planes Go by Steve Light; See How They Go by DK EYEWITNESS: TRAIN   THE TRAIN TO TIMBUCTOO (Golden Books Family Story Time, Number 4)   FREIGHT TRAIN TRIP!, A LIFT-THE-FLAP ADVENTURE

Educational Themes: This is a fun book to read with kids who are interested in trains, but even kids who aren't train fans will like it too. With older kids, it is a wonderful selection for how to use words and fun language tricks.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, trains

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2014

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