Freight Train Trip!: A Lift-the-Flap Adventure


The freight train’s pulling from the yard.
The locomotive’s working hard.
“Safe trip!” calls the station master.
Chugga chugga, the train rolls faster.

Susanna Leonard Hill's rhythmic text and Ana Martin Larranaga's simple but enticing art will take young readers on an adventurous freight train trip! Kids can lift the10 flaps throughout the book to make their reading ...

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The freight train’s pulling from the yard.
The locomotive’s working hard.
“Safe trip!” calls the station master.
Chugga chugga, the train rolls faster.

Susanna Leonard Hill's rhythmic text and Ana Martin Larranaga's simple but enticing art will take young readers on an adventurous freight train trip! Kids can lift the10 flaps throughout the book to make their reading experience more fun! This interactive book that's shaped like a freight train is perfect for young children who are going on a train for the first—or the one-hundredth—time!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The title says it all. This is one of Hill and Larranaga's series of sculpted-edged, transportation-themed board books. It takes its ninety-seven freight cars full of animals, toys, fruit, and lumber safely from an eastern railroad yard cross-country to its final western destination. Along its route, the engine must stop for a crossing gate and barely avoids a head-on crash when Switchman Jack almost forgets to switch tracks for a passenger train, but all is well that ends well. The flaps are absolutely basic paper engineering, but manage to hide a few surprises, while the softly rounded forms of Larranaga's politically-correct mixture of little people are comforting. Meanwhile, Hill's rhymed text chugs the train forward. Alas, the red caboose no longer exists in modern railroading, so for that old homey feeling toddlers will have to make do with the girl engineer's ginger cat. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
Kirkus Reviews
A laden freight train makes its westbound run, only narrowly missing a collision with an eastbound commuter train. The oversized trim allows for a nice extension of the train and accommodates up to two flaps per spread. These flaps are flimsy things and likely will not last more than a few readings. That's OK, as the labored verse ("The engine rushes down the track, / with ninety-seven cars in back. / They are full of lumber; toys, and more, / and headed for the western shore") will drive adult readers round the bend. The excitement of the near-collision is blunted, first by a flap that reveals the successful rail-switching before the text does and then by a concluding, "it's been fun!" summation. Get another copy of Donald Crews's Freight Train and give this a miss. (Ages 18 mos.-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616875572
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Pages: 12
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Susanna Leonard Hill grew up in New York City and has taught dyslexic students for many years. She spends her time being a mom, writing children's books, and visiting schools.

Ana Martin Larrañaga lives with her family in Germany. She doesn't have a dog or a goat but is always thinking of getting one (maybe because her eldest son asks for one of each constantly). She is the illustrator of more than 60 children's books.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

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    All Aboard Freight Train Trip!

    This book is a simple, colorful, fun way to engage and entertain young children. It is also a perfect companion to Airplane Flight! (also by Susanna Leonard Hill). The pair makes a great gift, which I've given more than once. Looking forward to the next "pint size" travel adventure.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    Choo! Choo!

    Thomas the Tank Engine fans and train lovers in general are in for a treat with this fun interactive book! My 2 year old loves lift-the-flap books, and it is surprisingly hard to find them with both a good story and a vehicle theme. This book has an exciting story written in rhyme that echoes the rhythm of a chugging freight train, with lots of flaps for little hands to explore - raising and lowering the crossing gate, changing the signal light and looking inside the freight cars to name a few. It has quickly become one of my son's favorites along with its companion title, Airplane Flight. We have read both so many times that I can recite them to him while I'm driving the car and he's riding in his car seat!

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

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    A Great Read

    Have to agree with the other customer reviews -- an excellent pick for any child! Great to give as a gift or to read at home. Holds up well and is fun to read over and over. I would definitely recommend it!

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    Loved This Book! A Perfect Gift

    As a mother of 3 boys, I have had my fair share of reading (and re-reading) books about various vehicles and machinery, and always appreciate a book like this that is fun for the child to listen to and for the adult to read. So often, rhymes are written without thought as to how they flow off the tongue. My youngest, who is just 2, absolutely loves this book, and I don't mind reading it every night as a bedtime story, because it's fun! I was shocked to see the Kirkus review condemning the book as "flimsy" and the verse as "labored". To start with, they misquoted the rhyme that they used as an example of this characteristic that would "drive adult readers round the bend". The book is easy to read and a fun, quick story for adult and child alike. As for it's construction, our copy has lasted through a daily reading and is still in perfect condition (though with a few bent pages, because, let's face it, we're dealing with a 2 year old!). Also, my children have never been fans of Donald Crews's "Freight Train" that Kirkus urged parents to buy instead of Hill's "Freight Train Trip!". I would reccommend this book to anyone as a gift for their own child, a birthday present for a friend's child, or a christmas gift for a family member. Kids will enjoy the colorful illustrations and the fun rhymes, as well as the engaging story, despite the claims Kirkus makes against it. Buying "Freight Train Trip!" is money well spent.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    Freight Train Fun!

    All aboard! Let your favorite toddler or preschooler be the engineer as he or she guides the freight train along the track. Look inside the cargo cars. Raise and lower the crossing gate. Change the signal light from red to green, and enjoy the high speed freight train adventure. The story is written in catchy rhyme that is fun to read and fun to listen to. Children get lots of opportunities to chime in with train noises! They will want to hear the story again and again, and adults will be happy to comply. This book and it's companion, Airplane Flight, are really great to share with kids. It's hard to find stories that are fun to read over and over and also have the interactive lift-the-flap feature. These two stories are winners!

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