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My Freight Train
     

My Freight Train

by Michael Rex
 

The boxcar is loaded and ready to go. All aboard!

"I have a freight train. I drive it all the time. I’m the engineer."

The freight train is all loaded up and ready to go. The engineer is at the controls. It’s his job to deliver the freight, and there is a lot of it. Cows and chickens are riding in the livestock car, furniture and toys

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The boxcar is loaded and ready to go. All aboard!

"I have a freight train. I drive it all the time. I’m the engineer."

The freight train is all loaded up and ready to go. The engineer is at the controls. It’s his job to deliver the freight, and there is a lot of it. Cows and chickens are riding in the livestock car, furniture and toys in the boxcar. There is even a refrigerator car full of ice cream and bologna. Driving all this freight where it needs to go is a big job!

In this bright, active picture book, a little boy lives out the fantasy of driving his own freight train, down to the last accurate detail.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A boy dons an engineer's cap and explains railroad cars, cargo, destinations and more in My Freight Train, a companion to My Fire Engine by Michael Rex. In his trademark illustrations, Rex's charcoal pencil lines and bright colors chart the train's progress.
School Library Journal
PreS-Rex balances a story about a child who imagines that he is an engineer with information about trains. As the story opens, the boy is playing with his electric train. This framing device blends seamlessly into the factual part of the text. The engineer introduces the various cars and their contents, ranging from automobiles to chickens to gasoline. He explains that he is expected to keep the train on schedule, and he is proud of his contribution to communities everywhere through his distribution of materials. The presentation of information encourages children to learn train terminology while surrounded by familiar objects such as gravel and ice cream. Illustrations of each type of car are colorful and distinct, and all of the pictures are packed with energy and movement. Friendly, active, diverse characters fill each one-people smiling, waving, and working. This winning story ends with the African-American protagonist falling asleep in his father's lap while dad plays with the train set. A perfect choice for all young railroad fans.-Susan Marie Pitard, formerly at Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Trains are one of those items that exert an intrinsic fascination, like campfires and ocean waves or Rex�s earlier subjects in My Fire Engine (1999) and My Race Car (2000). They�re even more amazing when you know exactly what they do, and that�s why Rex�s paint-box-bright, easy-to-understand picture book works. An African-American boy is playing with his electric train set when he has an out-of-body experience, becoming the engineer of a freight train. He explains what the different cars carry: gondola cars and piggyback cars, flatcars and livestock cars, and the ever-wonderful caboose. He goes on to tell what the cargo will be used for: gravel to make roads, the furniture and appliances will go to the department store, pipes are destined for construction projects, and the piggybacked trailers are hitched to trucks for additional shipping. And it is nice to imagine that those cows and chickens are headed for homes at farms rather than the slaughter yard. The amount of activity on each page keeps the story vibrant and though the text has a measure of dryness�"The ice cream and bologna are also unloaded. They will go to the supermarket"�everything makes perfect sense. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805066821
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.44(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Rex is not a freight train engineer, but he did learn a lot about trains while he was making this book. He is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including The Pie Is Cherry, The Painting Gorilla, My Race Car, and My Fire Engine. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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