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Product Details

  • Board book: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow; Brdbk edition (Sept. 20 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688149006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688149000
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presented in blocks of brilliant colors, the multihued train in this Caldecott Honor book undertakes a dazzling journey before disappearing from the final page. Ages 2-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Review

REVIEWS - "You don't have to like trains to love this simple and witty book. Trundling down the track goes a typical freight train, made beautiful by its bright colours, from the red guard's van through to the black tender and steam engine. Bold and clear, the colours stand out, until the train gathers speed and they are all whirled together as it hurtles through tunnels, over bridges, through night and day until, as trains do, it disappears. Nothing is said, nothing needs to be said; it's just a very satisfying experience. And a good introduction to colours, too." -- THE GUARDIAN (Best Books of the Year, best children's books for giving), Julia Eccleshare. "Bold and modern illustrations reflect a simple poetic narrative that will captivate little train lovers. Each rail wagon is a bright colour (green cattle truck, purple fruit van), which start to blur as the engine speeds through tunnels and into the night. Very stylish." -- JUNIOR MAGAZINE. "A richly rewarding first picture book, this is a most welcome reissue."-- Rosemary Stones, BOOKS FOR KEEPS, Best Children's Books of the Year"A simple seeming book which is a wonderful way of introducing colour and colour mixing to children. The brightly coloured trucks steam along and as they gather speed, travelling through tunnels, past cities and over bridges, the colours blend until finally the train disappears. Few words are needed as the pictures speak for themselves. Encourage your child to use his imagination to tell stories based on the book. Simple and amazingly effective." -- PARENTS IN TOUCH"At first sight this seems like a very simple picture book with just the depiction of a steam enging pulling freight trucks carrying petrol, grain, cattle, coal and fruit. It is the striking colours of each carriage that createes a sense of excitment and movement as the train picks up speed and passes through tunnels, past cities, across bridges, into darkness and back into daylight, finally disappearing from view leaving only a thin trail of steam. Originally published in the United States in 1978, it remains a great way of introducing young readers to colours, but especially the way that they merge like a film fast-forwarding.Lacking any narrative, it displays the excitement of a high speed locomotive rushing past our eyes, as we ponder where such a dazzling machine is heading." -- CAROUSEL MAGAZINE"In this brilliantly simple picture book graphics have been inventively used to bring the toddler the excitement of seeing a freight train rush past...A barrier breaker, this."CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR, 1979"Donald Crews', Freight Train, completely embodies the ideal young children's picture book.The book combines simplicity with wonder, boldness with soft edges, and tranquility with excitement.It was due to all of these characteristics and many others that this children's book received the Caldecott Medal in 1979. [...]Donald Crews artwork is both simple and intricate all at the same time, just like his text. The colors are infectious and the range of textures used is very appealing. Some of the illustrations are clean and straight lined, while others show action and movement through blurred and smudged edges. I really think that this makes the reader feel as if they are moving along with the train and seeing what the train is seeing.I like that the different cars represent different colors, which allows the children to connect colors to the matching words.[...] I would highly recommend this book to any preschool teacher, new parent, or anyone else dealing with young children. I think that the book's features are most appropriate for very young readers and will definitely spark an interest in books. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, and more recently, board book format. It would be a great addition to any young child's book collection!" -- Abby Lester, review on Neely's News, 2011"The illustrations are wonderful. The colors of the train are clear, but it is the motion of the train that dazzled me." -- GOODREADS. "This has been my youngest son's favorite book for 5 years. The illustrations get you so close-up to a freight train - you can see the rivets! -- and once the train starts rolling, we make chugga-chugga noises as we turn the pages. The illustration of the train in motion is a thing of beauty. This book is so much fun." -- Amazon.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "l-ski" on June 23 2002
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I bought this book on a lark (based on a list published on this site and since my Grandpa was a train lover, I thought I'd give it a try.) What a stroke of luck. My 15 month old son has had this book read to him since he was 6 weeks old and he just loves it. It mesmerized him as much today as it did when he first read it. He is choosing the books we read to him now and this one is never refused. He now even says "gone" when the last page is turned. I'd say out of his lexicon of 20 or so words that he is using with confidence, "go", "gone", and "train" are a direct result of this book.
The illustrations are simple but enticing and the board book is very sturdy (but unfortunately not drool-proof, I am ordering another copy today because the first has become a casualty of the drooling caused by my son's teething.) Like many board books, this is just the right size for little hands to manipulate readily. I plan to put up a year one list and you can bet this book will easily be at the top.
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Writing a review for of a children's picture book is, as a rule, somewhat difficult. The simpler the text, the harder it is to come up with something new and original to say. I just read Donald Crews's "Freight Train" because it is widely hailed as a good book for children. The story follows a freight train (after carefully identifying each and every car) driving through hill and dale. Each car has a different color, following the classic Roy G. Biv configuration, culminating with the impressive black steam engine. Viscerally, I liked the detail Crews took in illustrating the page presenting this impressive piece of machinery. Every bolt and curve is outlined in a stately violet tone. Meanwhile, black steam created by coal pours and gushes from the train. This is a book about just how impressive the industrial age really is. The speed of the train is praised to no end, colored cars blurring as the engine picks up speed. Going through cities the rainbow carriages stand out against the stately repetitive buildings on the street. For those children entranced by trains (thank-you, Thomas the Tank Engine, et. al), this book encapsulates everything they might want. Reading it over and over again they'll enjoy the colors and train's increase in speed. Reading it over and over again YOU will enjoy the artist's use of color and form, especially taking pleasure in such scenes as the train's blurred deep tones as it disappears into a tunnel. I'll be honest. I've read more interesting books in my day, and if you are purchasing this book for children that couldn't care less about trains, they may not take to this particular story. But there is something to be said for beauty in all its forms. Even, the coal-burning mechanical kind.
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By A Customer on March 26 1998
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My son got this book for Christmas, because I was so tired of hauling it back and forth to and from the library. There's something about the structure of the book that just mesmerizes him--I think it might be the transition from knowledge and understanding of colors and the names of the cars, to movement of the train through the countryside. It may be a boy thing--he's never cared for the highly verbal books his sister enjoyed so much, but wants this book over and over and over and over. One bonus is that it's relatively short, and appealing enough that I don't mind how often I've had to read it. I highly recommend this book, particularly for parents of preschool boys.
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This book has short phrases on each page, and the entire story reads like a non-rhyming poem. I believe that the rhythm of the verses, along with the clear bright illustrations, is what drew my son to this book, even at 10 months old. For his 3rd birthday recently, I made train decorations based on the illustrations in Freight Train. He still enjoys the book and now "reads" it to himself. Preschoolers can easily memorize this wonderful book. I liked having the board book version for very young ones, because they can look at it by themselves without bending or tearing the pages.
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This book has short phrases on each page, and the entire story reads like a non-rhyming poem. I believe that the rhythm of the verses, along with the clear bright illustrations, is what drew my son to this book, even at 10 months old. For his 3rd birthday recently, I made train decorations based on the illustrations in Freight Train. He still enjoys the book and now "reads" it to himself. Preschoolers can easily memorize this wonderful book.
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By apoem on Sept. 5 2001
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This is a real winner.
The pictures are wonderful and very creative. What little bit of text there is does not detract from the pictures. My two year old loves to "read" this book. He even recognized "gone" when the train is gone.
For any child who likes trains, this book is a must. Even children who are not into trains will enjoy this book because of the interesting pictures and easy 'story' to follow.
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By A Customer on March 24 1998
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Freight Train has been on all three of my boys' top request list as preschoolers. It's a very simple book about a train, but its simplicity can be deceiving. It's about color, rhythm, repetition, and predictability....all favorites with the preschool set. It's a quick read, too, which is nice at bedtime. But when you've reached the book's final "Going...going...gone!," don't be surprised to hear, "Read it again!"
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