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Every Saturday, William, Chloe, and Dad go for a bike ride out to the footbridge, where high above the train tracks, they wait and watch. Suddenly, there it is, a tiny speck in the distance! William shouts, "Here it comes! Here comes the train!" Award-winning author/illustrator Charlotte Voake, with quiet observation and evocative, expressive watercolors, perfectly captures the excitement every child feels when he or she hears the far-off sound of an approaching train. ...
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Overview

Every Saturday, William, Chloe, and Dad go for a bike ride out to the footbridge, where high above the train tracks, they wait and watch. Suddenly, there it is, a tiny speck in the distance! William shouts, "Here it comes! Here comes the train!" Award-winning author/illustrator Charlotte Voake, with quiet observation and evocative, expressive watercolors, perfectly captures the excitement every child feels when he or she hears the far-off sound of an approaching train.

Every Saturday, Chloe, her little brother William, and their father bicycle to a footbridge over the railroad tracks and wait for the trains to come thundering under them.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The reassurance and serenity that emanate from Voake's (Ginger) airy, squiggly but somehow poised watercolor-and-ink drawings prove a perfect foil for this subject: the thrill of a train's passing as it utterly, deliciously shatters the calm, and the afterglow when calm is restored. Riding their bicycles, Chloe, William and their dad pause atop the footbridge over the railroad tracks in the middle of the woods. The excitement builds as more and more people gather and the far-off train draws close: "Louder and louder, nearer and nearer it comes! Sparks shoot out from its wheels!" When the train finally does pass underneath with a thunderous "whoosh," Voake suddenly breaks from her wide-angle framing, catching both the surge of the machine below and the collection of feet huddled together above. The text is spot-on in capturing the mood of a largely young crowd in the face of technological bravado: "Chloe SCREAMS because she thinks [the bridge] will fall down. All the other children scream because they like screaming!" Voake never reveals any more about the characters than their love of noisy trains. But she doesn't need to: this is all about the sheer, giddy joy of the moment, communicated here in phrases and art that even the youngest readers will respond to. Ages 2-5. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Leslie Julian
Every Saturday, William, Chloe, and Dad ride along the trails to the bridge above the train tracks, then stop to listen and watch. Then ... "beep-barp" the train chugs along the track sending trills and squeals throughout the air. At night, William can still hear the echo of the train's exhilarating voice. Little ones find joy in the simple things-a family ride, the sound of a train. Now readers can stop for a moment and share this innocent wonder. Teachers will appreciate the text, which is a great model for prepositional phrases.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Every Saturday, William, Chloe, and their father ride their bikes to the footbridge overlooking the railroad tracks to watch for a train. While they are waiting, they see rabbits and birds and visit with the other people on the bridge. A speck is sighted in the distance and as it gets nearer, the horn blows, the train roars and clatters on the tracks, the engine driver waves to the spectators, and a great gust of air blows their hair. When the train has passed, all is quiet again, and the three ride their bikes home. With the sound effects added to the simple text, this title makes a good read-aloud. Voake's simple watercolor-and-ink drawings enliven the sweet story of a favorite family routine.-Kathy M. Newby, Russiaville Branch Library, IN
Kirkus Reviews
Voake (Ginger, 1997, etc.) coaxes wonders from scant text and spare, deft watercolors that detail the pleasures of waiting on a bridge for a train to pass underneath. A father and his two young children—Chloe and William—bike down to the narrow, high footbridge over the tracks every Saturday. They are joined by a few other folk, all expectations and grins. Finally, when the signals go green, a speck appears in the distance: "Louder and louder, nearer and nearer, it comes!" Sparks fly; the engineer hoots his horn—"Beep-BARP!"—and the train dives under the bridge. "The bridge rattles and shakes. Chloe SCREAMS because she thinks it will fall down. All the other children scream because they like screaming!" Then there is only one thing to doþwait for the next one. It all rings true because Voake is careful in her choice of words and spot on in the perspectives she brings to these scenes: When the train bears down on the spotters above, it is not hard to imagine the thrill and whoosh of an oncoming locomotiveþa momentous event worthy of all the anticipation. (Picture book. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763604387
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/1998
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 12.19 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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