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The Rain Train


All aboard! Take a train ride through a storm at night in a rhythmic readaloud chugging with sound words and full of striking illustrations.

A pitter-pat-pat, a pitter-pat-pat,
A pittery-pittery-pittery-pat.

When it’s thundering down on the roof, in the lane,
From the storm comes the call . . .
"All aboard ...

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All aboard! Take a train ride through a storm at night in a rhythmic readaloud chugging with sound words and full of striking illustrations.

A pitter-pat-pat, a pitter-pat-pat,
A pittery-pittery-pittery-pat.

When it’s thundering down on the roof, in the lane,
From the storm comes the call . . .
"All aboard the Rain Train!"

What child wouldn’t like to hop on a train, hand over his ticket, and set off on an exciting ride through a rainy night? Safe from the elements, a young boy listens and watches— in his seat, in the dining car, and snug in his sleeper— as his train whooshes past city lights, over rivers, through tunnels, and straight on to morning.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Thank goodness for Thomas and Friends whose huffing and puffing, click clacking down the tracks keeps alive the fascination young children have for trains. Elena de Roo's rhyming text begs to be read aloud as she alternates the sounds of the rain with the sounds of a train: "ting of the rain—Ping-itta-pang/ The ding of the crossing—Cling-itta-Clang." Lovelock's softly colored illustrations turn the story into a kind of dream sequence by beginning with children in pajamas drawn by the sounds of the rain to board the "rain train" as it races through the night; gradually the sounds end up being soothing and the story fades out with the children in their beds. This is wonderful book for building phonemic awareness, even better it is a delight that children at home and school are likely to want to hear again and again. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS—A child watches from a window as the rain pours down—"A pitter-pat-pat, a pitter-pat-pat"—and a train speeds through the night. Soon he, too, is boarding the Rain Train with other pajama-clad passengers. As it glides from the station, whooshes through the tunnels, and whistles across the bridges, the train roars across the pages. The beat of the downpour and the sway of the cars make the journey more exciting. Only at the story's end do readers discover that the boy's experience is just a wonderful dream. De Roo's text combines a number of image-producing words, which appear in extra-large dark type—"Spitter-spat-spit," "A clatter-clat-clat," "Whooshety-wish"—and young readers will enjoy chiming in as the story unfolds. Lovelock employs a lot of night colors—dark blues and greens—with streaks of lightning to add drama; he lightens the scenes with the boy's train-patterned pajamas and a variety of friendly passengers. This appealing variation on the nighttime story will put children's imaginations on a soothing track for going to bed.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763653132
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 636,976
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Elena de Roo is a poet and former research librarian. The Rain Train is her first picture book. She lives in New Zealand.

Brian Lovelock is a fine artist and geothermal scientist, in addition to being a children’s book illustrator. His other books include the award-winning Roadwork and Did My Mother Do That? He lives in New Zealand.

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