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Freight Train Big Book (Mulberry Big Book) Paperback – October 22, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Mulberry Big Book
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (October 22, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780688129408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688129408
  • ASIN: 0688129404
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 17.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Presented in blocks of brilliant colors, the multihued train in this Caldecott Honor book undertakes a dazzling journey before disappearing from the final page. Ages 2-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.


Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.


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Customer Reviews

My 3 year old sons love this book.
Traci Clayton
The illustrations are bright and bold, the story is simple, and the train is a rainbow of colors.
Brenda Zoey
My son loves this book, and I would recommend it for any train lovers.
Alison Heckard

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Maddi Hausmann Sojourner on December 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
With a few words and the most marvellous illustrations, Freight Train will take your child on a magical journey. Each page features a different part of the freight train in a bright color. Then the whole train moves through the countryside, faster and faster until the colors start to blur from the speed.
Several things make this simple book so effective. First, the bright colors are identified to help preschoolers learn them. Next, the different cars on the train are given names, so young engineers will recognize them when they see a real freight train. They are introduced to the engine and tender (in hard-working black), a hopper car, a tanker car, a flat car, and so on all the way to the red caboose in back.
Best of all, these are not simplistic little kid pictures. What I think makes this book so appealing is how detailed the train cars are. Every little rivet and brake hose is visible in these pictures despite the bright colors. I think our little engineers recognize that this is a REAL TRAIN BOOK even if the words are large and the sentences brief. I saw my son studying each car so intently, looking at all those little parts. Crews' drawings are absolutely remarkable, and our kids recognize QUALITY.
I can honestly tell you to buy this one sight unseen for your young train-lovers (ages 2-5).
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Pizzercat on February 25, 2000
Format: Board book
My 16-month-old son loves trains, and we have read many train books. Freight Train is his favorite (and has been his favorite book for the last two months). The illustrations are spare and clear, use primary colors, and have enough detail that my son finds some new train hardware to point at each time we read the book. As the train moves, its different-colored cars blur together for a nice visual effect.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2000
Format: Board book
This book has short phrases on each page, and the entire story reads like a non-rhyming poem. I believe that the rhythm of the verses, along with the clear bright illustrations, is what drew my son to this book, even at 10 months old. For his 3rd birthday recently, I made train decorations based on the illustrations in Freight Train. He still enjoys the book and now "reads" it to himself. Preschoolers can easily memorize this wonderful book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 28, 2000
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
Simple text describes 4 different types of freight cars, the caboose, the tender and the steam engine. The six basic colors plus black are used for each car and therefore this is an ideal way to teach colors to the little train-lover. Very fast read and my son pleads me to read it again. I don't mind, as this is not aggravating in any way (as some of the board books are). Sturdy board book construction. Great book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1998
Format: Board book
My son got this book for Christmas, because I was so tired of hauling it back and forth to and from the library. There's something about the structure of the book that just mesmerizes him--I think it might be the transition from knowledge and understanding of colors and the names of the cars, to movement of the train through the countryside. It may be a boy thing--he's never cared for the highly verbal books his sister enjoyed so much, but wants this book over and over and over and over. One bonus is that it's relatively short, and appealing enough that I don't mind how often I've had to read it. I highly recommend this book, particularly for parents of preschool boys.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on May 21, 2009
Format: Board book
This is a simple presentation of the different cars on a freight train, with rhythmic text describing each car. It's a better board book than picture book, because for toddlers the bright colors and simple lines are very pleasing, but it might not hold the interest of older readers. This is good for the transition from looking at pictures to understanding stories, especially if the young reader can have exposure to a real train.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "charlie4" on June 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
My son's first word was "car". The word "train" was not far behind. He loves this book. He has learned the types of train cars and colors from reading this simple and elegant book (board book version). It is a must have for all children who love trains. Mr. Crew's book truck is terrific but nowhere near as colorful and as filled with speed as this book. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Case on September 6, 2012
Format: Board book
**A word of warning: Don't order from the first page that comes up when you search for Freight Train on Amazon. It looks like the regular book, but you're actually getting the "Mulberry Big Book." If you just click through and buy, you wind up with a giant, cheap paperback the size of a standard Pack & Play. It's huge. Amazon would not let me return what I ordered, and I'm really annoyed. I guess it's my fault because I wasn't careful enough (I'm usually pretty savvy, but this time I thought I was ordering the large sized board book). The giant book is completely useless to me. The library won't let me donate it. I can't wrap it to give as a gift without using a whole roll of paper and locating a stiff cardboard backing. It can't be mailed. It won't fit in a suitcase. My toddler doesn't recognize it as a book. There's no good place to store it. It's easily damaged. Right now, it's under the bed while I try and figure out what to do with it. Argh! Very aggravating, especially since I ordered it as a gift to arrive the day of a first birthday and had to run out to the Borders at the last minute to get a standard copy.**

HOWEVER - we also have Freight Train as a board book, and that's what gets the five star review. I would give it a million stars if I could. When I was nine, I had this book memorized. My toddler brother made me and my sister read it to him again and again.... and again, and again, and again. Now my brother, sister, and I are parents, and all of our kids adore this book. My 18-month-old always asks for "Fate Tain". Her two-year-old cousin does the toddler freakout dance of joy whenever someone pulls his copy off the shelf. It is the best young toddler book I know of, hands down.

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