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The Train to Glasgow Hardcover – April 19, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; First edition (April 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618381430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618381432
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Rochman
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Another story we read every night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hanah on January 14, 2011
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This book is a cumulative poem in the style of The House that Jack Built, or There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, or Green Eggs and Ham. The lines change a bit as new things are added, and the last verse is completely different.

The story is about a boy named Donald, maybe around ten years old, who almost misses the train from Donibristle to Glasgow. The guard grabs his hands and yanks him into the train as it is leaving the station. But then a cage full of chickens falls over and the chickens escape and begin running around the train. Donald gathers them back up for the guard, who is so pleased that he invites Donald to have tea with him and his wife.

The illustrations provide the opportunity to anticipate what is going to happen next, at least once you've read the book through a few times. As the guard blows the whistle to start the train, for instance, you can see Donald in the background, running across a bridge, trying to catch the train. As the guard yanks Donald into the train, a corner of the cage of chickens is visible just beside him. When the chickens get out of their cage, you see them running toward the passengers they'll be stepping on top of on the next page.

This is also a great free range book. This boy is traveling alone on a train between two cities. He doesn't even have an adult bring him to the station! Once on the train, he saves the day by rounding up the chickens. And then at the end, he is allowed to go to tea, again without any parents, with this man and woman he's apparently never met before. This kid is capable, independent, trusting, and friendly--all excellent qualities.
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If your toddler is train mad, (who's aren't?), and you want something other than Dr Seuss (think Green Eggs and Ham), this is an excellent choice. I remember being read this poem by a Scottish friend of my father in the 60s, and although I can't exactly simulate his accent, my kids love the rythmic and repetitive rhymne, joining in with the the story as it flows along. The pictures in this edition are very well done, with a nice flowing motion and add a lot of enjoyment to the telling. Its a relatively quick read so boredom is not a issue. But be prepared to have to read this often - they'll love it!
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By emily wassum on January 16, 2014
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Lovely illustrations and a rhythm similar to The House that Jack built. My 3 year old train lover loves it. Another story we read every night.
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By Storm Watcher on July 5, 2013
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My grandson loves books better than most anything and this is one of his top favorites. Great illustrations and fun text. We highly recommend it.
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