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Gus and Grandpa Ride the Train
     

Gus and Grandpa Ride the Train

by Mills, Catherine Stock (Illustrator)
 

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Gus and Grandpa is "a witty, warm offering." —Publishers Weekly

When the train passes Grandpa's house, Gus is so excited that he runs outside to wave at the cars. He forgets all about Grandpa's dog, and Skipper escapes through the open gate. It takes Grandpa to get him back. Then, when Grandpa decides to look for Daddy's old toy train,

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Gus and Grandpa is "a witty, warm offering." —Publishers Weekly

When the train passes Grandpa's house, Gus is so excited that he runs outside to wave at the cars. He forgets all about Grandpa's dog, and Skipper escapes through the open gate. It takes Grandpa to get him back. Then, when Grandpa decides to look for Daddy's old toy train, Gus leaps into the act, and they are so absorbed that they both forget Skipper. Together, they find him. Later, Gus and Grandpa plan to ride a real train. But when they get on, they realize that they're in trouble— Grandpa has forgotten where he put the tickets (but not for long). In the third Gus and Grandpa book, Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock evoke all the joy of trains—and of remembering.

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"In three short chapters, Gus waves at the train going by his grandfather's house, sets up his father's childhood train set, and rides on an 'old-time steam engine.' These warm and expressive stories are perfect for readers who are starting to move beyond upper-level easy readers and into beginning chapter books."-School Library Journal

"In another affectionate look at Gus and Grandpa, the pair exhibit their mutual passion for trains . . . carry understated messaged of love and sharing between a boy and his kindly grandfather; as Mills makes clear, they may be a bit forgetful, but they never forget that they love eachother." — Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Trains pass near Grandpa's house everyday. When Gus visits, he just loves to go outside and wave to the train cars as they pass by; then one special day there is a caboose and the man on the train waves back. Grandpa remembers that he has a toy train that belonged to Gus' dad, after turning the house upside down, the old train is found in the shed, but when the train is all together, Gus and Grandpa realize that his dog Skipper is missing. Never fear, the lost is soon found. In their final adventure Gus and Grandpa actually take a train ride. Mills has created another delightful intergenerational story that young kids will be able to read on their own.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3Featuring the same characters as Gus and Grandpa (1996) and Gus and Grandpa and the Christmas Cookies (1997, both Farrar), this book is sure to please young train lovers. In three short chapters, Gus waves at the train going by his grandfather's house, sets up his father's childhood train set, and rides on an "old-time steam engine." These warm and expressive stories are perfect for readers who are starting to move beyond upper-level easy readers and into beginning chapter books. Medium length sentences are peppered with descriptive language. Children will become active, observant readers as they note the seamless tie-ins between text and illustrations. Stock's softly defined watercolors connect the three stories with images of red cabooses and train sets, an energetic dog, and, of course, Gus and Grandpa.Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY
Kirkus Reviews
In another affectionate look at Gus and Grandpa (1997), the pair exhibit their mutual passion for trains. Every time Gus visits Grandpa, he listens for the train that will soon pass the house, going outside in time to wave as it rumbles by. One day he is so involved in the sight that he forgets to close the gate; Skipper, Grandpa's dog, gets out, but comes back before he is hurt. That's only the beginning of three stories about forgetting and remembering: In the second one, Gus and Grandpa search for an old toy train, but shut Skipper in the shed by accident, and in the third, Grandpa almost ruins a real train trip when he "loses" the tickets, carefully tucked into his hatband. The stories and art have a deceptive simplicity missing from the first book, and carry understated messages of love and sharing between a boy and his kindly grandfather; as Mills makes clear, they may be a bit forgetful, but they never forget that they love each other. (Fiction. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374428136
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
04/15/2000
Series:
Gus and Grandpa Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Claudia Mills lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Catherine Stock lives in New York City. The author and illustrator have collaborated on all five books in the Gus and Grandpa series.

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