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All Aboard ABC Hardcover – September 6, 1990


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (September 6, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525650369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525650362
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,133,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Magee and Newman are right on track with this eye-catching alphabet book that focuses on a well-loved subject: trains. Intelligently framed color photographs, shot from a variety of perspectives, stoke reader interest (" I, i : Inside , looking out, this is what the engineer sees," reads the caption for a photo starkly depicting the view from within a car; another particularly successful image is a closeup of springs on a railroad car, illustrating S ). Design and text are creatively integrated: the illustration of a switch, for example, requires the viewer to focus on first one photo of train tracks, and then another. Letters of the alphabet and their corresponding vocabulary words in the text are set off in red ink, unifying the book's concept as well as fanning its visual spark. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- An alphabet/vocabulary book that presents both upper- and lower-case letters and one or more corresponding words on the subject of trains. Each bold red or black letter is accompanied by full-color photographs of train parts and types such as an Amtrak, air brake, boxcar, caboose, and coupler. Each term is printed in red within its definition, e.g. "The engineer drives the train." The quality of the photographs varies, with none of the crispness of Tana Hoban's or Bruce Macmillan's work, but young train enthusiasts will nevertheless be interested in this title. --Pearl Herscovitch, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Doug Magee is a writer, photographer and filmmaker living in New York's East Harlem. His first two novels are Never Wave Goodbye and Darkness All Around.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
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I first took this book out of the library and my son asked me to read it over and over again. I purchased it through Amazon.com as a Christmas gift for him last year. We still read it often. He even took it into his preschool class so the teacher could read it to everyone! I'm convinced that he also learned the alphabet through his love of this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joann Fantina on May 2, 2000
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This is educational and fun. Perfect for my 3 year old nephew.It has real train pictures and the alphabet - at 3 the little ones canquickly recognize and identity trains. Perfect for matching them withletters. A very good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lspswr on January 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My two year old knows his alphabet already, but this book is encouraging him to take that next step of associating the alphabet with words. He is a train fanatic and seeing upper and lower case letters presented with train-associated words and pictures has him spouting off train terms when asked what words begin with particular letters. As noted in the editorial review, some of the pictures are a bit muddy and uninteresting -- but for the most part this book in is my son's daily repertoire of books and one he begs to take with us when we leave the house. I would definitely recommend this book as one which inspires learning about trains, with the sneaky benefit of learning about letters and words. The only reason I will not give it 5 stars is because I think it could have included more interesting pictures for some of the letters, but I give it 4 stars because it does acheive the goal of teaching the alphabet with train visuals - and because this book is dearly loved by my 2 year old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa J. Newman on January 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My son eats, thinks, sleeps, dreams, breathes, and plays trains on a daily basis. He even talks in his sleep about trains. My son is also the type of child who will look at his father's train magazines for hours, but until recently, had no interest in "children's books". We checked this book out the library, and he loves it. He likes pictures of real things weather it is animals, nature scenes, or train scenes. I would recommend this book because it has pictures of real objects, and it has simple text. Although it is an ABC book, I would recommend it even if it was not. As for the comment about the pictures not being interesting, it depends on what you define as interesting. For example, if you are not interested in trains, a large picture of a coupler is not going to be interesting, but if you are two year old child who loves trains and knows what a coupler is, the picture is very interesting.
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