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Here Comes the Train Hardcover – September 2, 1998
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A far-off sound, clanging bells, flashing signal lights, and rib-resonating warning whistles can only mean one thing. A train is coming! In Here Comes the Train, Charlotte Voake--creator of the award-winning Ginger--brilliantly captures that delicious suspense in whimsical, color-splashed line drawings and enthusiastic text: "Louder and louder, nearer and nearer it comes! Sparks shoot out from its wheels! All the children wave like crazy. The engine driver waves back; he hoots his horn, Beep-BARP! The children hold their breath and... WHOOSH under the bridge it goes!" This charming, simple book about a family's trip to the local train tracks cheerily chugs to its final destination as young William whispers, "Here comes the train!" over and over to himself before he falls fast asleep. (Click here to see a sample spread from the book! Copyright © 1998 Charlotte Voake) (Great read-aloud, ages 3 to 6) --Karin Snelson
From Publishers Weekly
The reassurance and serenity that emanate from Voake's (Ginger) airy, squiggly but somehow poised watercolor-and-ink drawings prove a perfect foil for this subject: the thrill of a train's passing as it utterly, deliciously shatters the calm, and the afterglow when calm is restored. Riding their bicycles, Chloe, William and their dad pause atop the footbridge over the railroad tracks in the middle of the woods. The excitement builds as more and more people gather and the far-off train draws close: "Louder and louder, nearer and nearer it comes! Sparks shoot out from its wheels!" When the train finally does pass underneath with a thunderous "whoosh," Voake suddenly breaks from her wide-angle framing, catching both the surge of the machine below and the collection of feet huddled together above. The text is spot-on in capturing the mood of a largely young crowd in the face of technological bravado: "Chloe SCREAMS because she thinks [the bridge] will fall down. All the other children scream because they like screaming!" Voake never reveals any more about the characters than their love of noisy trains. But she doesn't need to: this is all about the sheer, giddy joy of the moment, communicated here in phrases and art that even the youngest readers will respond to. Ages 2-5.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Excellent read-aloud with plenty of opportunity for motions, volume changes, etc. It starts out so quiet, builds to a fevered pitch, then ends with the little boy going to sleep.
I'll be buying this one!