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Alphabet Trains Hardcover – August 18, 2015
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PreS-Gr 1—A cheerful rhyming text and painterly illustrations created in Adobe Photoshop offer young readers a different train for each letter of the alphabet. The simple language is straightforward without letting the rhyme become cloying: "G is for Glacier Express,/a scenic, alpine glide./H is for Hurricane Turn./Wave a flag to catch a ride." Each train is featured on its own page, allowing the page turns to reveal the next type of train. The book concludes with a spread with factual information on each of the trains depicted, further enhancing the book's appeal to train enthusiasts. VERDICT Pair this with Donald Crews's Freight Train (Greenwillow, 1978) and Margaret Wise Brown's Two Little Trains (HarperCollins, 2001) illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, for a high-speed storytime.—Lisa Kropp, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
A cheerful rhyming text and painterly illustrations created in Adobe Photoshop offer young readers a different train for each letter of the alphabet. The simple text is straightforward without letting the rhyme become cloying: “G is for Glacier Express,/a scenic, alpine glide./H is for Hurricane Turn./Wave a flag to catch a ride.” Each train is featured on its own page, allowing the page turns to reveal the next type of train. A spread ends the book by giving factual information for each of the trains depicted, further enhancing the book’s appeal to train enthusiasts. VERDICT Pair this with Donald Crews’s Freight Train (Greenwillow,1978) and Margaret Wise Brown’s Two Little Trains (HarperCollins, 2001) illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, for a high-speed storytime.
-School Library Journal
In a companion to 2013's Alphabet Trucks, Vamos and O'Rourke introduce 26 trains as they proceed from A to Z. They make room for general categories like bullet trains and coal trains, as well as location-specific conveyances—like the Xplorer of New South Wales, Australia, and the Q train of New York City's subway system, taking care of a couple tricky letters in the process. Vamos's rhymes are as sturdy as the trains she discusses ("I is for incline train,/ a steep, uphill track./ J is for Jupiter,/ with a wide balloon stack"), while O'Rourke sneaks numerous upper-and lower-case letters into his cheerful digital illustrations, which all but beg to be pointed out by kids as the pages turn.
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ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created digitally. They have lots of color and leans more towards a sense of fantasy rather than reality.
THE GOOD: This book has a lot to offer the young train enthusiast! Even I learned about trains I did not know exist. The book is also very rich in vocabulary with words such as incline, freight, welded, dinky, and more. These trains come from all over the world so there is also a chance to explore geography. There is a glossary in the back of the book that explains a little bit more about each train in the book. This would especially make a wonderful book for a classroom unit on transportation.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The flow of the rhyming is a bit stilted, but I can see how difficult it is to rhyme with the rich vocabulary used. Also, because this is an ABC book and uses such high vocabulary and concepts, it may be difficult for the younger crowd.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 3-7 which is about right except 6 & 7 year olds may not appreciate the ABC concept unless they are seriously into trains.
NOTE: I received a free ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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This is a cute book featuring the alphabet and trains.Read more