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Train Song Paperback – September 30, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

From boxcars to diners, from rural towns to city stations, the intriguing world of trains is evoked in this stunningly illustrated poem. As with Heartland and Truck Song , Siebert does not tell a story so much as present stunning images: the "great trains / freight trains / talk about your late trains / the 509 / right on time / straight through to L.A." roar through tunnels and across the countryside. While the syntax and rhythms of the poem are not always immediately clear, Siebert's eclectic assemblage of details allows the reader to "feel the rhythm" and "hear the sound" of the trains. Wimmer's luminous, nostalgic paintings will enable readers to grasp the beauty and power of the trains and the landscape across which they travel, "clickety-clacking / homeward bound." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

In the relentless rhythm of the rolling wheel, this book revels in the movement, sights, and sounds of train transport. Place names (Buffalo, Abilene, Seattle, North Platte) punctuate the short, punchy lines that propel listeners effectively, if somewhat mechanically, through the detailed description of freight and passenger trains, with their various cars, conductors, and engineers. The rhyme and rhythm will appeal to children, but the pictures are sure to persuade adults to sign on for a nostalgic ride through the past. Wimmer celebrates the bygone elegance of dining cars and the charm of vernacular architecture. A close look at his realistic paintings reveals the fluid brushwork and impressionistic use of reflected color carried by light: the steel rails reflect the sky, shadows are multicolor conjunctions. And the artist gains maximum mileage from layout. From the opening page, in which the train appears as a detail through the mesh of a screen door, Wimmer balances the predictable with the unexpected. Much of the drama is provided by the (generally low) viewpoint, or by the effective juxtaposition of close-up and distant views. Many children are loco about locomotives; if this book doesn't offer engine specs, it certainly tenders a paean to the romance of the railroad. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (September 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064433404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064433402
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
My little boy (now 3) has loved this book from the first time I read the first verse. He is truly a train fanatic, but the rhythm of the verse creates the impression that you really are on a train. "Out in back, Clickety-clack..." is just like the chug-chug-chug.
The rhythm together with the beautiful illustrations, the imagery of the words -- this book delivers a ride for senses. All that was missing was the sooty smell of the locomotive's smoke. Perhaps that will come in a virtual reality Train Song, some time in 2005. ;-)
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This book is probably intended for older children, the illustrations are beautiful, but not exciting in a children's book kind of way. Nevertheless, I read it to my 6 month old every single day, and he seems to enjoy it! Has a great rhythm, I find myself memorizing it without trying, like a catchy song.
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This is an amazing book, and I'm a huge fan! The art is beautiful, the rhythm of the poem really sets the pace, and we have two boys (and a girl) who love trains. It was a library find that we had to make our own!
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By A Customer on November 4, 2002
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This is one of my all-time favorite children's books. The rhythmic text evokes the rhythm of a train, and the illustrations are almost eerie to me in their ability to transport me to a different place and time. I can almost hear the screen door creak, smell the smells and feel the heat as the train travels its cross country route. I also recommend "All the Places to Love", also illustrated by Mr. Wimmer. To me he has that rare ability to pull you into his paintings.
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Train Song is a classic in our house. Both boys (5 and 3) have grown up loving Train Song. The illustrations are amazing - vivid and full page, making it even more important to purchase the full-sized library binding edition. If you have a young rail fan in your family, you will not be disappointed with Train Song.
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I am not usually a fan of rhyming books, but this one was an exception. My son, who is a big train lover, has listened to it many, many times. The pictures are the best part---they really make you nostalgic for the days when trains like the ones depicted were in more common use.
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We bought this for our grandchildren (ages 2 and 5) and had the pleasure of reading it to them several times over the holidays. The effect on them was great - like with our daughters many years ago. They love trains already and the book encouraged them to look (and listen) deeper. The illustrations and words drew them to the page while giving us opportunities to ask questions and add more information. Lots of requests to "read it again."

Here's what really elevates this book : it allows the reader to introduce rhythm to the reading, play with the timing and pronunciation in the reading, and pass this joy along to the child. As much fun for us as for them!
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Reciting the rhythmic verses are a great bedtime activity for any child. A lot of fun and will help put your child to bed in a good mood. Plus the train history woven throughout the book is interesting for adults. Good stuff!
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