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Freight Train [Kindle Edition]

Donald Crews
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In powerful words and vibrant illustrations, Donald Crews evokes the essence of inexorably rolling wheels, so that even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he has watched a freight train passing.

A book truly for the youngest child -- and for every one of us who has been that child.



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.

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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1068 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reissue edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007O0MR8M
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, timeless classic for young engineers 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully designed, a must-have children's book 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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for little train lovers 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Children's Book March 26, 1998
By A Customer
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
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Picture-to-Story Transition Board Book 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Choo Choo Boogaloo. A classic for your bookshelf! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter's favorite! April 22, 2006
Format:Board book
I highly recommend this book and often give it as a gift to newborns. This book was my daughter's favorite book from about 10 months until nearly three years old. For Sophie, it was a great introduction to colors and developed a fascination with trains that continues today. Now my son, who is 14 months old, loves Freight Train nearly as much as his big sister! I recommend the board book over the hardback or paperback as sometimes the seam distorts the train.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it came as described
Published 3 days ago by Misty
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute book!
I purchased this book for my 5 year old son after he had brought it home from his school's library. It is the first book that he was able to read all by himself!
Published 8 days ago by K. Bodensieck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great train book for toddlers
Great book for toddlers, especially toddlers who love trains. I can read it a hundred times, and my grandson doesn't get tired of it.
Published 15 days ago by SpEductr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great thanks!
Published 18 days ago by DS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book awesome to have it in electronic form
Published 22 days ago by El!zabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is for the very young beginer readers.
This book is for the very young beginer readers.
Published 24 days ago by Leo Caisse
5.0 out of 5 stars still a favorite
My two and a half year old nephew loves trains and he loved this book, read it over and over. My kids loved it years ago and it was great to see it's still a favorite for him.
Published 25 days ago by Wkgmomx3
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple but nice. My 18 month old grandson likes it and ...
Simple but nice. My 18 month old grandson likes it and so does my 27 year old son!! He remembers reading when he was little.
Published 29 days ago by Mr. Chemistry 82
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 1 month ago by C. Asher
4.0 out of 5 stars The pictures are great and really captivate my train loving toddler
I did not look "inside" this book before ordering. I thought there would be more text. That's why I gave it a 4 star and not a 5 star. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jennifer
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