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I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track Hardcover – Picture Book, April 28, 2006

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PreSchool-Grade 1–When Switchman Jack sees a black ant strolling down the railroad track in search of a snack, he tries to reroute a 10-ton freight train. However, the switch is stuck, and, just when readers start to worry that there will be an ant-astrophe, the tale takes a turn: that ant.../made a beeline for my brown lunch sack/as the train whooshed by, screaming.../CLICKETY-CLACK! The story builds effectively to a screeching crescendo, but some of the vocabulary, such as ruin to wrack, might stump children. The big, bold color caricatures have a timeless feel, in keeping with the text. Pamintuan uses changing perspectives to draw readers into the plight of the ant as it is confronted by the enormous smoking train. When the ambling insect spies Jack's sandwich on the ground, it gets a determined look in its eye. The folksy rhyme would be most effective as a read-aloud; in the hands of a talented storyteller, the conflict could take on enormous proportions.–Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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PreS-Gr. 1. "Well, I saw an ant on the railroad track. / The rail was bright. / The ant was black. / He was walking along, tickety-tack." Speaking this sprightly rhyme is Switchman Jack, whose job it is to make sure that trains don't collide. But when he spots a tiny ant on the track, it is his job is to make sure "an eastbound ant" doesn't run into a "westbound train." There are also a few breath-holding moments as the ant keeps up his steady march toward the train. Then the switch gets stuck! But the ant is smarter than it looks and veers off the track--all the better to share lunch with Jack. Prince's text is rhythmically perfect, and it will be lots of fun to read aloud. Pamintuan's computer-enhanced artwork makes use of all sorts of interesting perspectives, some from the tiny ant's view, and some from tall Jack's. It's a bit disconcerting that Jack is appealingly drawn in a brawny, realistic manner, whereas the ant is more of a cartoon, but kids will have fun with this, and so will their parents. Ilene Cooper
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1402721838
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Union Square Kids; Illustrated edition (April 28, 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 24 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781402721830
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1402721830
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 - 4 years, from customers
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD640L
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.25 x 0.5 x 10.25 inches
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