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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; First Edition edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545384958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545384957
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2–Starting at a city terminal, Cooper takes readers on a commuter train that clatters out of a metropolis. At a suburban stop, the perspective shifts to a larger passenger train traveling between cities, jumps to a freight train slowly creeping across the Great Plains, then an overnight train, and finally a sleek high-speed train. The artist's characteristic muted watercolor and pencil illustrations are sketchlike yet very detailed. Transitions between busy cityscapes and serene panoramic vistas, outsides of stations and insides of train cars, and the refrain of “passengers off, passengers on” perfectly capture the feeling of riding the rails. No “choo-choo” noises here–“As the train leaves, it sounds like the da dum da dum of a beating heart. Then silence.” Through the richness of the prose, not only the sounds but also the smells of the trains come to life–“grease and rust and burnt toast.” As the author's note reveals, Cooper mixed many real-life details with a few fictional ones, such as a futuristic San Francisco depot at the end of the story. The longer text and somewhat stylized illustrations make the book most suitable for a one-on-one perusal with sophisticated young train aficionados but it is a wonderful foray into the “train books” category and a distinguished addition to most collections.–Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Cooper (Homer, 2012) follows several trains going about their daily routine in this exhilarating glimpse of life on the rails. There’s the red-striped Commuter Train pulling out of the station, heading out of the concrete jungle into town after town; as the Commuter Train waits at a station, a larger Passenger Train whooshes past, shuttling passengers between cities; at the rail yard next to Grand Central Station, a Freight Train loads its cargo and sloooowly pulls away; this train ambles past (“As if the train and the clouds were having a race to see which go slower”) an Overnight Train “switchbacking westward” to climb the Rocky Mountains; finally, there’s the High-Speed Train, shaped like a bullet, its sleek nose pointing toward a city skyline. Throughout, there are “Passengers on, passengers off.” Cooper’s languid, rolling language works well with the looseness of the watercolors, which offer spectacular views of trains as seen from a distance as well as interior close-ups of levers and dials. Each new train is introduced dramatically after a page turn, and details of train living, like sleeping and eating on an overnight car, should thrill the intended audience. The front and back matter depict many different people rushing to and fro, and a glossary and a facts section, along with a brief author’s note, conclude. A poetic, beautifully conceived book—it has the right amount of pomp and circumstance to make train travel sound just a little bit glamorous. Grades K-3. --Ann Kelley

More About the Author

Elisha is the award-winning author "Farm," "A Good Night Walk," and "Homer." "Beach" won the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. "Dance!" was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. His adult books include "A Year in New York" and the memoir "Crawling: A Father's First Year." He lives with his family in New York.

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My kids love this book; it's become one of our favorites.
Richard C. Schragger
Beautifully illustrated, the story transitions from a commuter train all the way though to an overnighter.
Pranav Rajendra Ghai
Great souvenir book for a kid if they've had such a trip.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daphne Uviller on October 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Train is one of those rare treats that appeals to both our train-obsessed son and to us, his keepers. The book captures the wonder, the beauty, and the delight of train travel. It is so much more than a children's book -- it's a work of art (but don't tell the kids).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Peet on November 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations are amazing, especially the large landscapes. And the momentum never slows as the reader travels from one train to another throughout the whole book. It's going to be the perfect gift for all the little train-lovers in my life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pranav Rajendra Ghai on November 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully illustrated, the story transitions from a commuter train all the way though to an overnighter. This isn't something that will go in and out of fashion, you'll read it to your kids and likely they'll read it to theirs. Well done Mr. Cooper!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Lee on October 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Although we have several storybooks about trains, this has rocketed to be our 4 year old's favorite by far. The happy crowds, the wide landscapes, the thrill of traveling painted so cheerily make this so much more than we expected from a 'book on trains', and I couldn't recommend it more strongly!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Schragger on October 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My kids love this book; it's become one of our favorites. Aninstant classic in our house, it will appeal to anyone who has ever been fascinated by trains or just enjoyed the adventure of traveling on the rails.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna Robinson on November 30, 2013
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Nice sturdy book about the different kinds of trains. I think the way they blend into the next train could be much better but if you have a child who loves trains, this will be a good addition.
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