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Railroad Hank Hardcover – September 25, 2012

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PreS-Gr 2-Thoughtful train engineer Railroad Hank and his spotted dog chug across the countryside to visit Granny Bett. Along the route, he stops at Happy Flap Farm, Dandelion Dairy, Fish-Jump Pond, and Applesauce Hill, explaining to the folks who greet him that Granny is feeling blue. His concerned friends offer suggestions about what helps them feel better, and, each time, he takes the advice a step further. When Missy May recommends scrambley eggs, Hank loads a train car with her chickens. When Reel-'Em-In Sam advises a sizzling pan of fresh fish, Hank fills barrels with pond water from Sam's fishing hole. And so on. As the train rolls along, filled with their possessions, Hank's friends chase after it. The chaos that ensues when Hank and company arrive at their destination lifts Granny's spirits. In the concluding spread, readers see a relaxed Granny Bett resting on a bench swing mounted on the rear of the moving train's caboose. The repetitive plot pattern in this feel-good story draws readers into predicting what Hank might pack onto the train next. Listeners can chime in with the "Chugga chugga, chugga chugga, woo woo woo!!" refrain. Moser's folksy writing style is paired well with Davies's perky acrylic illustrations. Mountains, fenced pastures, and farm animals firmly ground the story in an appropriate setting. Davies adds plenty of humorous touches, including comical expressions on some of the animals. Cows, chickens, fish, eggs, apples, and pails of milk fill the endpapers. This satisfying, good-humored picture book sends a worthy message about looking after other people.-Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

LISA MOSER is the author of Squirrel's World, which is on the 2010-2011 Texas Bluebonnet Master List, The Monster in the Backpack, Watermelon Wishes, Kisses on the Wind, which received a Oppenheimer Toy Gold Seal, and Perfect Soup. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Marty, and their daughter, Lydia.

BENJI DAVIES is an illustrator and animator from London, whose illustrations have appeared in children's books around the world.  
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375868496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375868498
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Heather H. on May 18, 2014
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A friend checked this book out for us at the library. After the first read we fell in love with it and it went on my "purchase" list. My kids love the illustrations and the train (of course!). I love the story-line (and the illustrations too!).

Railroad Hank visits four friends to collect items for Granny Bett, who lives up the mountain and is "feelin' kinda' blue". Missy May sent eggs, but Hank took the chickens instead. Country Carl sent milk, but Hank took the cows. Reel-'em-in Sam sent fish, but Hank took the pond. Cinnamon Cobbler sent apples, but Hank took the trees. Granny Bett is cheered up by all of her friends and at the end relaxes on her porch swing, which ends up on the caboose of the train.

This story teaches kids where food items come from and how to cheer up and encourage a friend. Again, really beautiful illustrations. I have three girls, so train books aren't just for boys!

Highly recommended, enjoy!
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I got this book from the library for my 7-yr-old nephew. He loves trains so the title caught my eye. What a treat this book has been. He loves it so much and wants to read it so often we just ordered him his own copy. It's a great story with great illustrations. He likes to pause to look at the colorful pictures at each page. We started reading it to him, but now he loves reading it to us, dramatizing the voices with different accents. The train in the story is a great hook, but the silliness of of the story and the important theme of helping each other (taking all sorts of things to Grannie Bett, 'cause "she's feeling kinda blue" are presented so well that we always smile and giggle as we read the story of Hank's well-meaning antics. It's a delight.
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By Thelma Godin on March 29, 2013
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This is the perfect read aloud for the classroom and at home. Railroad Hanks hilarious antics will delight and captivate readers of all ages. Listeners will happily join in with the fun refrain chugga, chugga, chugga, chugga, woo, woo, woo, as they follow Railroad Hanks well meaning attempts to cheer up Granny Bett. Moser's downhome characters come to life with fanciful illustrations by Benji Davies. A perfectly delightful book.
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My two year old received this book as a gift in October and it has been a favorite story since then. Bedtime, potty training, long car trips, Railroad Hank has been there for them all. My child never gets tired of the bright, colorful pictures or the funny antics of Railroad Hank. This will be a book that gets saved for future generations, so our children can read it to their children.
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By Sara Akin on March 24, 2013
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Railroad Hank is a fun and lively story of friendship. The author has a created an adorable cast of characters, and Railroad Hank's literal interpretations are sure to evoke laughter! Young readers will find humor in both the text and the illustrations of this delightful picture book. A great read-a-loud for home or the classroom.
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Bright and colorful, as silly as Amelia Bedelia with intimations of chasing after the Gingerbread Man , Railroad Hank and his fine little train Chugga Chugga Woo Woo with a cargo full of good things to make Granny Bett feel better. The endpapers are awesome; Benji Davies (illustrator) has done a fine job.
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