Steam Train, Dream Train
Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld
Published by: Chronicle Books LLC 2013
Ages: 4 – 6 years
Theme: Trains, animals, night-time
Opening Lines: Through the darkness, clickety-clack… coming closer, down the track… hold your breath so you can hear hugging, chuffing drawing near.
Synopsis: From Amazon – The team behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site returns with another fabulous book for bedtime! The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, bouncy kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls. Sweet and silly dreams are guaranteed for any budding train enthusiasts!
Why I like this: This richly coloured in midnight hues book by the #1 New York Times bestseller duo Sherri and Tom, of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, is a treasure for those young train lovers. I loved how the illustrations showed the animals putting everything on to the train, from the juggling monkeys and the stacking of blocks on the camel’s hump to the elephant’s pouring the paint into the tankers, even the giraffe had a place. The enchanting rhyme is catchy and kids will love this to be read to them night after night before bed.
Resources/Findings: Beautiful Trailer for the book.. . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48PD91_hB9w
Interview with Sherri here… http://www.fairytaletown.org/meet-sherri-duskey-rinker/
A great story on Tom Lichtenheld here… http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/54742-steam-train-dream-train-the-evolution-of-a-cover.html
Here are some colouring pages of trains …. http://www.hellokids.com/r_711/coloring-pages/transportation-coloring-pages/train-coloring-pages
Facts about trains…. http://www.kidsdiscover.com/spotlight/trains-for-kids/
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