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I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track [NOOK Book]

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Lively rhythm and rhyme, and alluring art, carry children off on a captivating journey along the railroad tracks. There they meet a hungry little ant and the gentle giant of a switchman who cares for him. "The percussive, theatrical text and largerthanlife pictures result in a madetoorder readaloud." -Publishers Weekly
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Overview

Have more fun with your NOOK BOOK-
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Lively rhythm and rhyme, and alluring art, carry children off on a captivating journey along the railroad tracks. There they meet a hungry little ant and the gentle giant of a switchman who cares for him. "The percussive, theatrical text and largerthanlife pictures result in a madetoorder readaloud." -Publishers Weekly
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Publishers Weekly
Can a brawny railroad switchman named Jack do his job in time to save an oblivious ant that's traveling "eastbound... on a westbound track" from getting smacked by a freight train? Even very young readers will initially wonder why conscientious Jack doesn't simply pick up the ant and move him to safety, but Prince's debut book offers enough diversions that most youngsters should be willing to suspend disbelief and embrace the tall-tale spirit of the story. The comic drama escalates as Jack discovers, "The switch was stuck!/ Oh, ruin to wrack!/ Those cold steel wheels/ would soon attack/ that wrong-way ant on the way-wrong track/ just out a-searching for a snack!" But the ant's stomach turns out to be its salvation: spotting Jack's sandwich, it leaps from the track just in time to avoid the train and enjoy a genial picnic with Jack. Pamintuan's slick pictures emit an almost palpable muscularity and tongue-in-cheek sense of sweeping horizon; the illustrator seems to be simultaneously channeling a bit of the spirit of Grant Wood and A Bug's Life. Prince sets himself quite a challenge by making the "ack" sound predominate in the rhymes, but the sound fits both the premise and heart of the story. The percussive, theatrical text and larger-than-life pictures result in a made-to-order read-aloud. Ages 2-5. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Joshua Prince's first book is the tongue-in-cheek account of switchman Jack's valiant efforts to save the life of an ant in search of a snack strolling the wrong way on a railroad track. When a train comes barreling down that same track, Jack tosses his own snack and goes into action. Yet with all his strength he cannot pull the switch to change the train to the other track. Oh, horrors! Will the ant get whacked? Little ones should giggle with glee at Jack's titanic attempts to solve a simple problem. Luckily the ant is every bit as single-minded as his would-be savior. Prince's rollicking rhyme clickety-clacks right along, while Macky Pamintuan's artwork—with the slick, air-brushed look of a computer game—succeeds in setting a brawny Jack and huge engine in counterpoint to the miniscule ant. It's a bravura performance for a first-time out advertising writer—and great fun to boot. 2006, Sterling, Ages 2 to 6.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-When Switchman Jack sees a black ant strolling down the railroad track in search of a snack, he tries to reroute a 10-ton freight train. However, the switch is stuck, and, just when readers start to worry that there will be an ant-astrophe, the tale takes a turn: "that ant.../made a beeline for my brown lunch sack/as the train whooshed by, screaming.../CLICKETY-CLACK!" The story builds effectively to a screeching crescendo, but some of the vocabulary, such as "ruin to wrack," might stump children. The big, bold color caricatures have a timeless feel, in keeping with the text. Pamintuan uses changing perspectives to draw readers into the plight of the ant as it is confronted by the enormous smoking train. When the ambling insect spies Jack's sandwich on the ground, it gets a determined look in its eye. The folksy rhyme would be most effective as a read-aloud; in the hands of a talented storyteller, the conflict could take on enormous proportions.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When an ant walking east, "tickety-tack," meets a train heading west, clickety-clack," switchman Jack tries to head off the impending smack. Pamintuan illustrates Prince's consonantal verse with sunny, smoothly finished ground-level scenes featuring a Disneyesque ant with white gloves and large human eyes, strolling along oblivious both to the huge locomotive roaring up and portly, blue-collar Jack's struggles to switch the track. But then, at the last microsecond, the ant spots Jack's nearby sack of snacks and hops to safety. Of like-sounding outings there is no lack (see, for instance, Rob and Amy Spence's Clickety Clack, illustrated by Margaret Spengler, 1999), but there's enough melodrama here to keep readers coming back. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402796258
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read and Play
  • Edition description: Enhanced, NOOK Edition
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 74,755
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 11 MB
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2009

    Train lovers delight!

    We received this book as a gift for our 2 and 5 year old boys, both train lovers. Our oldest son shares the same name with the switch man - Jack. This is a great read aloud, suspension filled and truly happy ending picture book perfect for 2 to 7 year olds. The illustrations are fantastic. I highly recommend it!

    22 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is just so much fun and GREAT to read aloud where you can really add to the building excitement with your tone of voice. The rhymes are right-on and even my 2 year old is on the edge of his seat when we read it. The first time I read it, my two year old was very concerned and a little bothered because the writing is very 'dangerous'--the author does a good job of creating anxiety. But now that my little one knows the ant gets saved every time, he squeals with glee as the tension in the book builds, and always has a big smile for the ant when he jumps to safety. And I love Jack in the book, who comes off as a gentle giant who ends the book with a picnic with the ant, his new friend. Great book!

    20 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I liked the song and music on the front page of the book.
    My granddaughter wanted Nook to read this story to her several times.
    Easy to listen to.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Highly Recommend!

    My 3-year old Grandson loves this book! He loves making the Ant bigger with his little fingers. Def a great purchase!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2011

    Clever and Entertaining

    This is one of my favorite nook color books. It is read really well, it's sweet, and touching.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2011

    goqevvD z

    love it!!!!!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    cutee

    i read this 2 my little sister evryday and she luvs it!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    Wonderful

    Both my children loved it. They want to keep reading it.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    THE FUN EXCITMENT

    THIS IS A GOOD BOOK FOR KIDS TO HAVE AN EXCITING ADVEDCHER MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2011

    great

    great!!!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Loved it!

    My grandson loves this book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2011

    A Great Story AND Art! :)

    My boys are 5 and 7, but they both love this book! My youngest one is a train and a bug addict, so we got this book last year. However, the older boy loves it too! It's just so cool the way that the ant makes it! The way that we read it is awesome too with a special tone and excitement! They would love to hear it over and over!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Love it

    Read it every night to my six month old .... She loves the pictures

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2011

    So good it rules

    Get it its worth the money!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    LOVE IT!

    Super cute rhyming story & the ant is adorable! This is a "Read to me" book, which is why my 4 year old loves it but he also likes the story too! His daddy is a switchman.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Our Favorite E-Book!

    I bought this last year on my NOOK for my (then) 3 year old son and he loved it! The animation, activities, and story are really fun! We read it over and over again. He's 4 now and it's still his favorite. I highly recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Too much

    Way to much for a virtual book that stupid waste money on that you to be kidding

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    ?

    Dont get the sample its worthless

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Fun

    My daughter loves this book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Fun read

    Great story, wonderful illustrations & nice in this ebook format. The interactive animations and games are few & pretty simple compared to other kids ebooks but overall its worth the cost.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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