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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452109206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452109206
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (475 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2013: The bestselling team behind Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site has done it again with a new book for bedtime even more appealing than the last. From the opening page of Steam Train, Dream Train, to each gorgeously illustrated spread thereafter, the story of an animal crew loading the train cars with balls, race cars, and ice cream, has a gentle, soothing rhythm perfect for reading aloud. By the end, preschoolers should be relaxed enough to follow their own dream train into the starry night and parents can expect to read this one again and again. --Seira Wilson

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PreS-K-From out of the midnight darkness comes a mighty train heading to Night Falls station. With clouds of steam hissing from the smokestack and brakes squealing, it comes to a stop and the animal crew jumps out, ready to load up the cars with freight. A rambunctious bunch of monkeys fills the boxcar with toys while kangaroos toss balls into the open-topped hopper car. Purple elephants use their trunks to fill the tanker cars with different colored paints as a polar bear and penguin put giant ice-cream sundaes in the reefer car. After such a hard night's work, the crew beds down on the flatbed car, ready for the steam engine to fire up and take them to dreamland. The strength of this book is in the striking spreads in wax oil pastel. A vast night sky is filled with sparkly stars and large billowing clouds that frame the oncoming train traveling through a realistically silhouetted landscape, while the animal crew looks strangely toylike, as though made of plush and plastic. It is not until the final spread that this incongruous bunch, and this whole dream, is explained by a nighttime look at a young train lover's bedroom. The beginning and end of the book are filled with expressive and enjoyable railroad sounds, yet the rhyming text loses a bit of steam in the middle, describing but not always enhancing the activity depicted in the illustrations. Still, this is a book that will, like its predecessor, Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site (Chronicle, 2011), be embraced as a nighttime standard, particularly among train lovers everywhere.-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Great story and beautiful illustrations.
J. Hopkins
I can't recommend this book more to anyone with little ones who love trains and/or animals.
Evenstar
A good rhyming fun story you won't get tired of reading like most other children's books.
Christina

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on April 16, 2013
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Oftentimes author illustrator duo's follow up books can't quite recreate the magic of their previous books, but let me be the one to tell you that this book is a fantastic follow up to Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. Much like your child learned about the different construction vehicles in Goodnight, Steam Train introduces different train cars-- the boxcar, wellcar, hopper and autorack with others. You'll find the same sing-song, rhyming cadence in Steam Train that you have come to love in Goodnight along with more beautiful illustrations drawn on the same dark background paper, lending that night-time feeling to the book.

The age recommendation Amazon lists for Steam Train is 4-6 while Goodnight is 1 and up. The language is a bit more advanced in Steam Train, but if your child enjoyed Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site they will enjoy Steam Train, Dream Train. I would probably revise the age recommendation to 3 and up, but keep in mind the book does not have the same sturdy pages as Goodnight; The pages are the same consistency and paper as other illustrated children's books.

My two and half year old daughter loved Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and loves Steam Train, Dream Train; I'm sure your child will love it too.
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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Philadelphia Mom on April 19, 2013
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As other reviewers have stated, it's difficult to create a book to follow one as successful as "Goodnight, Goodnight," so I will cut the author some slack. Having said that, I found "Steam Train, Dream Train" to be very disappointing. The first thing I noticed when I got the book was that the pages are very thin -- not quite "newspaper" thin, but certainly not anywhere near the sturdy pages of "Goodnight." So I found myself constantly licking my finger to flip pages, which, of course, caused weird pauses in the reading. However, that was a minor annoyance compared to the writing itself.

It simply does not have the magic of "Goodnight, Goodnight." Little train lovers will enjoy the fact that all parts of the train are described, but the language itself is clunky. (For example, "The smokestack puffs, the big wheels grind./The trusty tender's close behind./Cling! Clang! The bell rings out on top./Hissing steam. Breaks squeal. Then STOP!") There is no refrain that ties everything together. It's just one long, sometimes clunky poem about animals that load up various parts of the train and then fall asleep.

The illustrations are good, and the muted colors are well presented.

If your child loves all things trains, then this book probably belongs in your home. If not, I'd suggest taking a pass or just borrowing it from the public library.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TruBluDevil on February 10, 2014
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Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site is a go-to book, one that gets 2-3x nightly readings for days on end; my 2.5yo daughter can recite the end of nearly every stanza. I got this book hoping for the same magic, but it's just not there. It's cute, and she asks for it occasionally, but I guess trains are not her thing. Also, the illustrations are so dark, it's hard to make out some of the fine (and probably humorous) details.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ninjaba TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2013
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I bought this book through "pre-order" on Amazon, so I didn't get to see it before it arrived at our house. That being said, I probably would have passed on buying this one. Don't get me wrong, this is a good book that kids will love. The illustrations are good, same style as Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, but less bold (since it's night time I guess). I especially liked the bold yellows, red, and blues in the Construction Site book.

I know it's difficult to follow up after a really successful book, but one thing that worked great with "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site" are all the trucks had faces, and it was their story about ending a very busy day and going to bed. "Steam Train, Dream Train" is about animals that load the train for a nightly journey. Each part of the train is named - flatbeds, hopper cars, auto racks, etc., - but it's still just a train chugging on a track, and more about the animals putting different things into each train car. I know that may sound silly to some, but my kids really reacted to seeing the trucks as real with facial expressions and personalities all their own. My kids are 3 and 2 years old, Steam Train, Dream Train would have been better if it were written and illustrated the same way.

Overall I feel the book came up short, much to my disappointment, because it could have been a LOT better. Still, there is much to like about this book and much that my children like, too. If you think this book is the same as "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site," it's not (2 stars) - safe for the illustrations. If you're looking for a good train book for your kids, then you'll love it (5 stars)!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By donna havlik on May 15, 2013
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Grands love it. Sometimes hard to sit the boys down for reading time. This works for sitting time and talk about the animals that run the train.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Geebes on May 1, 2013
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I purchased this book for my 5 & 2 year old grandsons. I read the book to both of them. It was a cute story but the pictures were too dark. I realize that the book is set @ night but the pictures did not keep their interest @ all. Usually when they get a new book, they want it read over & over. Not this time...It was one & done...
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