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Trains: Steaming! Pulling! Huffing! [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Hubbell , Megan Halsey , Sean Addy
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Trains, trains, trains! Giant engines snorting, puffing, steaming, pulling, rushing, huffing! All kinds of trains, from cabooses to hoppers and commuter trains to zoo trains, clickety-clack along the tracks. The mixed-media illustrations using clip art, etchings, original drawings, and maps will remind parents and grandparents of an earlier time. Children will enjoy the collages, puns, and delightful wordplay throughout.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–This book introduces every possible kind of train through a rollicking rhyme: Silver trains. Black trains./Speeding-down-the-track trains./Passenger trains. Freight trains./Crossing-every-state trains. The text will have readers building up steam and momentum until the very last page, when the trains and children can both rest. Unfortunately, the illustrations combine drawings, clip art, etchings, and maps, and they are too busy. Busy can be good, but with the small size of this book and its potential as a great read-aloud, the pictures are extremely distracting. On one spread, the workers are named, but the illustrations of them below the text do not line up, and small labels next to the figures indicate their jobs. It also seems as though the book were squeezed as much as possible in order to fit into 32 pages and uses every last inch of space. Stick with Michael Rex's My Freight Train (Holt, 2002) or Philemon Sturgess's I Love Trains! (HarperCollins, 2001).–Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA
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Gr. 1-3. Intricate collage illustrations add whimsy to Hubbell's rhyming text about all kinds of trains, train cars, cargoes, and railroad employees. The deceptively simple rhymes convey a great deal of information, and the fanciful collages contribute sly humor: Venetian gondoliers ride on gondola cars; a coal car belongs to the "Naughty and Nice Coal Co."; and large rats toting briefcases and newspapers hurry along with the human commuters in the New York City subway. The energetic design, with varying typefaces and layouts, reinforces the power and excitement of trains. When freights "rumble, rock, and ROAR," the letters of the word roar increase in size from the first R to the last, just as the roar of a real freight becomes louder as the train approaches. Take this along on a long trip to keep children occupied, or share it at storytime; make sure to give listeners an opportunity to peruse the art for the humor hidden in the details. Diane Foote
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Product Details

  • File Size: 10609 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (January 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Train fans May 6, 2008
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My 3 year old has loved this book since he was two. The artwork is unique and fun and the text has a great rhythm. Fun for reading aloud. Glad we finally have our own copy since the one at the library is always checked out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for young train lovers October 14, 2008
my son is just shy of 3 and LOVEs trains... we borrowed this book from the library and we both fell in love with it. The illustrations are wonderful and has a fun rhythm to the story line. we ended up buying it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a train fanatic September 9, 2007
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My 3 yr old loves trains. He wants this book read to him 3 times in a row. The writing is very rhythmical and easy to remember. My son "reads" along with it. He loves pointing to the pictures. Great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for a 3-year-old March 17, 2013
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The book itself is beautifully crafted; the drawings are inventive and imaginative. I had thought our 3-year-old grandson, who loves trucks and cars and reading books, would be interested in this book; but apparently the pages were too complicated for him to follow. We rarely made it all the way through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rhyming April 4, 2014
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Great book, words flow well. My 2 year old son LOVES it and loves the illustrations. I do think it is better as a book rather than on the kindle as we have it. I would like to buy the paper version as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 13, 2014
By singit
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Beautiful illustrations, great word play. This book has wonderful rhythmic language that is discriptive and thoughtful. Love Patricia Hubbell's work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little old fashioned and not too exciting. March 25, 2014
By Bev
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Sometimes you just want a book to wind down and encourage young ones to sleep. This book is not exciting, or amusing and the illustrations are okay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Right Track November 25, 2012
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I love this book, so much so that I just bought a copy for my grandson after reading my library copy. Patricia Hubbell's books have everything I look for in children's literature - limited word bank, rhyme and repetition, an interest grabbing story, captivating illustrations, and that ever elusive FUN factor.

This unique book is full of visual puns,wordplay, and surreal images, like animals engineering trains, polar bears lounging in the refrigeration car, and seals swimming in a transparent tanker car. Parents will appreciate the nostalgic characters and trains that look like images copied from a 1950's picture book.

Parents will enjoy sharing this delightful book with children or grandchildren and explaining references to the bluegrass state or the Land of Lincoln.

I highly recommend this magical book that can reinforce in young readers a love of print reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Cute read for our train crazy little one.
Published 27 days ago by WillowLanders
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book
Published 1 month ago by Carrie Darras
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun train story for kids!
my 3 year old loves this book!
Published 3 months ago by Britt @ Please feed the Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book.
The illustrations are amazing. The rhymes were soothing. My son fell asleep as I read while I was taken back to younger days admiring the pictures. Just a great book!
Published 4 months ago by K. Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and illustrated! Thank you!
My son loves this book and all the other vehicle books... cars, planes, etc! They are great fun and the artistry is beautiful!
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story and cool graphics.
One of our kid's favorite books.
Published 7 months ago by eoz
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect poetry; wonderful to read.
My sons LOVE this book! I found it in the library one day and ended up putting it on their Christmas wish list because it was such a hit. Read more
Published 8 months ago by momofthree
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rhyming book for pre-schoolers
Our 4 year old train enthusiast loved this book. We decided to try the Kindle Unlimited and this was our first book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ETCFam
4.0 out of 5 stars The rhyming technique makes this book fun. Its illustrations are...
The rhyming technique makes this book fun. Its illustrations are creatively presented. Reading this book aloud makes for an impressive read.'
Published 10 months ago by carol stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
If you like trains, this a great book. There are some aquarium trains and zoo trains, the author loses credibility after that.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
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