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Freight Train Brd [Board book]

Donald Crews
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Book Description

Sept. 20 1996 Caldecott Collection
"Clear bright illustrations show all the cars of a train bringing the reader the excitement of movement through day and night, country and city."--Booklist.

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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.

About the Author

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of two Caldecott Honor books, Freight Train and Truck. Among his other enormously popular books are such favorites as Night at the Fair, Sail Away, Bigmama's, Shortcut, and School Bus. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Donald Crews grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and says that all through his childhood the members of his family were always doing something with their hands. He was always drawing pictures. Now, in the old farmhouse where he lives with his wife, the noted author and illustrator Ann Jonas, Donald Crews is still drawing pictures.

After graduating from New York City's Cooper Union, Mr. Crews spent three years working as a designer. He was assistant art director of Dance magazine, on the staff of a small design studio, and did freelance work as a book-jacket designer. But in 1962 he was inducted into the Army, and for a time his artistic pursuits were set aside. As the end of his eighteen-month military stint in Germany approached, he assigned himself to the task of writing and illustrating a children's book to add to his portfolio. The result was the brilliant concept book We Read: A to Z (Harper & Row, 1967), which, nearly twenty years later, was reissued by Greenwillow Books. Ten Black Dots, a counting book, came next, and then several books for which he did illustrations only. But the turning point came in 1978, when Greenwillow published Freight Train, a picture book inspired by Mr. Crews's childhood train trips from Newark to visit his grandmother in Florida. It was named a Caldecott Honor Book. Since then, Mr. Crews has created several other highly acclaimed picture books (including Truck, a 1981 Calclecott Honor Book), all painted in the flat, clean colors and bright, unambiguous shapes that are the hallmarks of his striking graphics.

When Donald Crews is asked why he focuses on picture books, he frequently answers, "Why not?" All the tools necessary for the creation of any piece of art are also elements in a successful picture book. Mr. Crews chooses a subject, explores ways to develop the subject visually, writes a story, then produces his finished illustrations. And the final audience, the children, tell him that they like what he does. Why not, indeed!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily my son's favorite book June 23 2002
By "l-ski"
Format:Board book
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A cornucopia of visual images Jan. 16 2004
Format:Board book
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Children's Book March 26 1998
By A Customer
Format:Board book
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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Format:Board book
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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By A Customer
Format:Board book
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Sept. 5 2001
By apoem
Format:Board book
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A simple, yet fun book for the preschool set. March 24 1998
By A Customer
Format:Board book
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes - another successful purchase!
Yet another book I bought for my toddler son! We borrowed it from our local library for weeks on end, so again it was a no doubt purchase. Read more
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I bought this book for my grandson who is 18 months old. The pictures in it are wonderful and he loves the book. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple yet effective!
My 2-year old son absolutely loves this book. The book is very simple--the pictures are minimalist, and each page displays only a few words--which means my son has easily memorized... Read more
Published on March 1 2007 by CanadianMother
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT
This book is the greatest children's book ever created - it was always my favourite. Simple and elegant images tell the story of the freight train. Highly recommended!
Published on May 5 2004 by Terry Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars A great starter book
My three year old nephew loves "Freight Train"--it's simple enough that he can "read" it--he's learned the names of the different cars and it reinforces color recognition. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004 by J. Marren
3.0 out of 5 stars Freight Train
Freight train is a exalt book for the ages of kids 3-5 years old or when the are just starting to read and learn their colors.
The book doesn't have much of a plot. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure to be a favorite!
This has been my son's (23 months old) FAVORITE book for 6+months! He loves it. We read it every night & several times throughout the day. Read more
Published on July 11 2003 by Kimberly
5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute favorite
of both my little boys. it helped my oldest with his colors and it became a soothing story to read at bedtime. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the little guys
If you are shopping for a book for the 4 and up crowd, this book may be written at too young of a level. Read more
Published on June 7 2002 by Meddie B. Finnegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Fun
For such an uncluttered, streamlined book, there is a lot to talk about here. My 3 year old son has this one memorized. Read more
Published on May 20 2002 by Richard C. Padgett Jr.
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