train
AT A GLANCE
Age
0-12 months
1-2 years
Touch/Feel/Manipulate?
No
Lift-the-flap?
No
Pop-up?
No
Sound?
No
Available in Spanish?
Yes

Freight Train

By Donald Crews
Greenwillow Books

 

I confess. I bought this book because it was only a few dollars at TJ Maxx, and I also noticed that this book received an award. But I was apprehensive because it looked like such a boring book. There just wasn’t much to it. Hardly and words and the pictures were sparse. The first page is a picture of train track at the bottom of a white background with the sentence “The train runs along this track”. Even with choo choo and whooshing sound effects I doubted my son would like it. But I was in a buying mood, so why not?

The first time I read it, he had me read it at least 10 times in a row. And as the months passed he would still request this book. That’s why this book is a must-have: it has stood the test of time.   I’m not sure why he likes the book, but obviously a lot of other tots did, too. Maybe it’s the simplicity that he actually likes.

This is a simple book from which to learn colors. Each train car has its own color, and it pleases me that my son will learn that a trestle is a bridge for trains. I (and my son) can now identify a hopper car, gondola car, box car, and a tender car. So, for all its simplicity, this book is actually quite sophisticated.

Reviewed by Raquel

Book image via amazon.com

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