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How to Train a Train Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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I recommend How To Train a Train to anyone who loves kids, trains, laughter and heart.
Just loved it.
I noticed a few reviewers complaining that it shows a kid standing on the tracks in front of a train. The corresponding text says that some people corner them (speaking of catching trains). If you actually look at the photo, you'll see that the child built walls from masonry and the train is backed into the corner. It is not oncoming. The whole thing is just meant to be silly, and even my 3-year-old knows you don't stand on train tracks or build walls around them or try to catch one in reality. Frankly, there's nothing in the book that a child should do in reality with a train, but that's what makes it funny and imaginative to kids.
The rest of the book is good. The trains enjoy a bedtime story, yeah promoting reading! The illustrations are beautiful, there is just the right amount of text on the pages, there are even great onomatopoeia words! I just can't get the image of the little girl standing on the train track in front of the train out of my head. No, just no because of that image.
The author writes a letter on the very back page to "Readers and the grown-ups who care about them" saying he "does not suggest that you make a practice of standing in the middle of train tracks." The letter is sort of tongue in cheek and just makes me angrier. You shouldn't make a practice of standing in the middle of train tracks? Umm, again, no, you shouldn't stand in the middle of train tracks when a train is coming AT ALL, EVER!
How will you know if your children are enjoying this story? Don't worry. You'll know. Little necks will crane as you turn each page impatient to see what's next. Eyes will be filled with fascination, imaginations visibly active. That's the best part. For all its amazing illustrations, Eaton's deceptively easygoing voice carefully invites kids to create images of their own. He asks them the questions that stir dreams.
When I finished the book and reheated my daughter's dinner I asked her if she wanted to train a train. Only if I helped her was the smiling response.
With outstanding artwork, fun, friendly words, How to Train a Train works for story time and as an early reader. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We all love this book! Since Christmas it's become the new favorite! It's very sweet and my 2 year old train brain never gets board of this one!Published 27 days ago by April Bickford
We first found this book at the library... loved it so much we had to get our own copy to keep! Not sure who likes it best, though... mama, daddy, or the kids... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Ford
I received this book as a gift, and returned it. There is an illustration of a child standing on train tracks in front of a moving train in order to "catch a train". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Riko
This is quite beautiful. The illustrations are fun and eye-catching. And what kid hasn't wanted to have a pet train!Published 1 month ago by Alice Mcguire
This is one of my favorite children's books. It's super cute. My son just giggled as we read it. It's so cute and kinda silly.Published 3 months ago by LR
Bought this as a gift. What an adorable book for both boys and girls.Published 4 months ago by flagwavingamericans
Written as a how-to-manual similar to books about owning a dog, cat, or other pet, HOW TO TRAIN A TRAIN is a children's book that in humorous illustrations and text, displays how... Read morePublished 5 months ago by tvtv3