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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 (27 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
  • ASIN: B008RLJUZK
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for young train lovers October 14, 2008
Format:Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Train fans May 6, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a train fanatic September 9, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 13, 2014
By singit
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars rhyming April 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you like trains, this a great book. There are some aquarium trains and zoo trains, the author loses credibility after that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little old fashioned and not too exciting. March 25, 2014
By Bev
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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3.0 out of 5 stars art is better than the story November 10, 2013
By A. S.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like the art. The story is neat, but a little lackluster. A fine free book, though not sure I would have bought it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 15 days ago by carol stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars A hit with the grandson!
My grandson currently is immersed in loving planes and helicopters, but trains do interest him somewhat. He liked the book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by j eaves
4.0 out of 5 stars a popular re-read at our house
My 4 year old loves this book. Although a lot of quirky images go right over his head, he loves the illustrations and the rhyming text.
Published 13 months ago by Bree Bove
5.0 out of 5 stars My Grandkids LOVE this!
My grandsons LOVE this book! It's one of the first ones they "run" to when I bring my Kindle out. The artwork is BEAUTIFUL and the text definitely grabs their interest! Read more
Published 13 months ago by V. Sparrow
5.0 out of 5 stars TRAINS YEAH
As all grandparents know little boys LUV trains and this is a great way to discuss real ones and what they do. Even while listening to the boy's "chug-a-chugs" and whistles noises!
Published 13 months ago by aeg13
5.0 out of 5 stars Trains: steaming! Pulling! Huffing!
Good book for a little boy! Cute story for an early reader. The great illustrations and colorful pages were enjoyable.
Published 14 months ago by Cuckoo
3.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for a 3-year-old
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... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is great for all train-loving younsters. My 4 yr. old grandson is big into trains (as many kids are) and we read this book over and over.
Published 17 months ago by James Moynahan
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