From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Horsbrugh's cumulative poem has been frequently anthologized since its initial publication in 1954. In flowing but tightly rhymed verse, it chronicles a train trip to Glasgow in which young Donald MacBrain, hauled onto the train at the last minute by the kindly driver, saves the day by his quick thinking when some chickens escape. Both the poem and Cox's watercolor illustrations, reminiscent of the work of Edward Ardizonne, have a nostalgic feel. An additional purchase.Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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PreS-Gr. 2. First published 50 years ago, this joyful cumulative rhyme by the late children's poet Horsbrugh has been newly illustrated with exuberant, detailed watercolors that capture "the flurry, the fuss, the noise and commotion" on a steam train when the squawking chickens get loose from their box and invade the passenger cars. A young boy, Donald MacBrain, "who came to the station to catch the train," saves the day: "He caught the hens and he caught the cocks / And he put them back in their great big box." Grandparents will enjoy sharing this with children not only for the period setting and the romance of the old trains but also for the timeless appeal of chaotic uproar, a young rescuer, and a rhyming story, just right for joining in. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved