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Inside Freight Train Board book – January 9, 2001

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Hop on board and see what's inside the freight train! Slide apart the sturdy pages of this unusual board book to reveal the contents of the cars. The refrigerator car keeps apples, peaches, and pears cold and fresh, while the tender carries coal that burns in the fire box, and--everyone's favorite--the caboose holds the train crew that helps deliver the freight. A continuous track runs through the book, with connecting brightly colored train cars. An appealing concept, executed simply and pleasingly, Inside Freight Train can't miss with the train-loving masses. Caldecott Honor winner Donald Crews (Truck and Freight Train) has a way with heavy machinery and young readers. (Ages 2 to 5) --Emilie Coulter

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In Donald Crews's Inside Freight Train, a board book based on the Caldecott Honor book Freight Train, children can slide open the doors of each train car. Inside, the pages explain what usually travels on a freight train, "like toys and books,/... / apples and peaches and pears/ cold and fresh." This twist on an old favorite is sure to be a hit. ( Mar.)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 5 years
  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (January 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688170870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688170875
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Board book
All of Mr. Crews' books are favorites in our house...so it is no suprise that my son, Ben (3), loves this one too! I am buying another copy for my girlfriend's children. I think this man is one of the best authors/illustrators of children's books around. He has a way with beautiful pictures and simple verses that are so pleasing for young children. This book is a little different from his others because of the sliding pages but it only adds to the charm. This book is a winner! Also, check out Freight Train, Flying and School Bus by Donald Crews as well, you won't be disappointed!
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My son just turned two and has had a love of trains for quite some time.

We got the "Freight Train Board Book" from the library and he absolutely loved it. It was a book he carried around the house and looked at every moment he took time to sit down.

We had the book out for 6 weeks, the maximum allow time for a title to be out, and I knew he'd have a hard time parting with it.

I bought that book and noticed "Inside Freight Train" :)

It looked, and turned out to be, a very nice accompaniment to the first book.

Chase would keep both books with us a night time to read one and reference the other;-)

The only reason I marked 4/5 stars was due to the fact that the sliding pages started to fall apart after about a week of what I considered falrly regular, monitored, use:(

Still trying to figure out which glue will work best to affect a repair.
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Normally I'd be upset if a book fell apart on me like Crews' Inside Freight Train. But the truth is, the book had no chance. From the moment we bought this book our 14-month-old son had to read it. And read it. And read it. Worse, he had to have it read to him. And to him. And to him. I don't know what the guaranteed amount of "pull-outs" the page had, but I'm sure we exceeded them in the first week. No sooner would we turn the last page and slide it back in than he'd sign more and we'd start all over. I stopped counting after 20+ readings in one sitting. The pages slide in and out easily even for little hands. The illustrations are clear and colorful, not overly busy. The amount of text is just right. The interactiveness--being able to pull the pages out, being able to anticipate what will be inside--is a wonderful bonus. Highly recommended. Though I'd also recommend buying two--we eventually did.
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This bright and colorful board book is one above the others. Each sturdy page depicts a car of a freight train. Every other page slides open to reveal the contents of that car. What fun to see toys and books when the purple boxcar is opened! With just the right amount of text, pre-schoolers will delight in discovering what's inside the freight train.
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If your child loves trains, you are undoubtedly always on the lookout for railroad-themed books and toys that are a little special -- this is one of them. Alternate pages pull out to reveal the goods that are carried on a freight train -- a novel concept that helps a toddler understand how a bit of the world works. Simple text defines the various types of train cars, and the cover and back illustrations are very nice too. The book is quite durable.
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My three year old loves this book. I've never seen anything quite like this. The pages actually slide apart to reveal the cargo each train car is carrying. Your child, train crazy like mine or otherwise, is sure to love this innovative book. Be sure to look at other books by Donald Crews, especially "Truck". His illustrations really make all of these books.
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Great book, but it was entirely too easy for my pint-size Hercules to pull the sliding parts all the way out, breaking the book in the process.
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Fun little book -- but other reviews warned me about durability with rougher toddlers. We went about a year before our first "accident" with this book. The pages are somewhat thick and slide apart, but where they slide apart is only 2 layers of board paper thick, instead of the 4 layers around the outside -- so it doesn't take much pressure from a toddler to pull the glued edges apart and out pops the slider part.

I was able to reglue it with good ol' Elmer's glue and it's held up well. the pages don't slide perfectly easy, but hey, it's a board book -- you gotta expect some friction!

I feel it was worth the price and my son loves it. Only one page accident and it's been almost two years now, and the book has held up very well. Elmer's glue is a great fixer-upper if you have a problem.

Would recommend this book for little train lovers.
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