Freight Train

Freight Train

eBook - 2011
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Red caboose at the back, orange tank car, green cattle car, purple box car, black tender and a black steam engine . . . freight train. In simple, powerful words and vibrant illustrations, Donald Crews evokes the rolling wheels of that childhood favorite: a train. This Calecott Honor Book features bright colors and bold shapes. Even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he or she has watched a freight train passing after reading Freight Train. Donald Crews used childhood memories of trains seen during his travels to his grandparents' farm in the American South as the inspiration for this timeless favorite.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers, 2011
ISBN: 9780062120472
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Crews, Donald
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)


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Apr 27, 2018

Great for introducing books to infants and toddlers. I don't know why infants like knowing what a tender or box car is, but some do. Drawing are simple, plot is great (i.e. it barely exists and is physical, you see the train, and it goes). My kid learned to "read" this on his own by 22 months. Terrific for learning colors.

CatherineG_1 Feb 15, 2016

One of my son's favourite books from childhood. Great choice for all the little engineers! Can be used for teaching colours.

cals_kidsbookbuyer Oct 08, 2015

This is a great story to share with little ones just learning their colors. The pictures are perfect for young children to be able to identify.

Apr 14, 2015

Simple, easy to understand, good for kids who are from 2 to 3 years old.

Jan 04, 2015

Choo choo! A fun read for young children, simple and developmentally appropriate with bright colors and few words per page.

Sep 20, 2014

This book was a little more simple than I had anticipated with the award announced on the front, however my boys enjoyed it much more than I would have expected and both my 2 year old and 4 year old went back to it to look through themselves later, so it definitely caught their attention, which makes it better than I thought. I did like how it named the different types of cars on a train. My 4 year old liked counting the cars and naming the colors.

Aug 14, 2014

I sometimes wonder what the Caldecott criteria is for giving out book medals. This book had so much promise but I didn't feel it delivered. The concept was awesome. It teaches about the names of different train cars. It teaches color. It teaches perspective and movement. But the book is only 20 pages long and has only a few words. I felt like the book wasn't supposed to be finished yet. Like it needed 10 or 20 more pages to be complete. And what age would this be appropriate for? Learning about the train itself is for older children, but learning about colors is for very little children. I think this book would be great for a family who has a miniature train set at home or who love trains. I could see very little children enjoying the colors and movements. But otherwise this would be an iffy purchase for a child.
Would I recommend this book? MAYBE. Depends on child's interests

KRockstar10 Nov 19, 2013

Simple, simple text and pictures. It didn't do much for me but a four year old boy would go nuts for this book.

Jul 31, 2013

My 2YO loves this one. The colors are great, and he likes turning each page and naming the cars. This is a great one for toddlers!

Jul 21, 2013

This book is good for both infants and toddlers. When they are young they will enjoy the bright colors and simple modernistic train representations. When they are older, becuase it is a sparse book---it will help them undersand motion and the parts of the train. Good for a child that likes architecutre and trains as well.

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