Seymour Simon's Book of Trains

Overview

Trains can carry

grain and gravel,

milk and machines,

cars and computers,

pipes and people.

Seymour Simon's exploration of these very different trains and their uses, combined with his characteristically eye-catching full-color photographs, captures the beauty and power of steam trains, diesel trains, ...

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Overview

Trains can carry

grain and gravel,

milk and machines,

cars and computers,

pipes and people.

Seymour Simon's exploration of these very different trains and their uses, combined with his characteristically eye-catching full-color photographs, captures the beauty and power of steam trains, diesel trains, electric trains, and more -- all at work!

Photographs and brief text present different kinds of trains and their cars: passenger trains, mountain trains, freight trains, diesel locomotives, gondolas, hopper cars, tank cars, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"These are exactly the cool pictures for which the younger nonfiction set clamors."
ALA Booklist
“Simon captures the combination of technology and romantic adventure that gives these machines their enduring appeal.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“These are exactly the cool pictures for which the younger nonfiction set clamors.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“These are exactly the cool pictures for which the younger nonfiction set clamors.”
ALA Booklist
“Simon captures the combination of technology and romantic adventure that gives these machines their enduring appeal.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“These are exactly the cool pictures for which the younger nonfiction set clamors.”
Publishers Weekly
The author dedicates one spread each to various kinds of trains, from old-fashioned diesel trains to France's TGV, with a full-color photograph on one side and, opposite, a couple of paragraphs describing it. Ages 3-6. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, electric trains, passenger trains, high-speed trains, mountain trains, freight trains, boxcars, gondolas, flatcars, hopper cars, tank cars, auto-rack cars and cabooses¾the prolific Seymour Simon (author now of over 200 nonfiction books for young readers) explains them all in lucid, engaging prose, accompanied by large, clear, colorful photographs. The text gives a brief overview of the history of trains, explains how the different kinds of locomotives work, and covers, briefly and succinctly, just about anything the reader would want to know about the different features of every kind of train car. The photographs accompanying each page of text, credited to many different photographers, are extremely bright and eye-catching. Do we really need yet another book on trains for the picture-book audience? Why not, when it's as attractively produced and sure to please as this one? 2002, HarperCollins,
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-Trains and individual freight cars are displayed in glorious full color in this oversized book. Simon offers information on different types of these machines from the earliest steam locomotives to France's TGV, which can reach speeds of 300 miles per hour. The section on freight trains delves into each car from boxcars to the now-obsolete caboose. The sharp pictures cover half of each spread. One small complaint is that while the TGV and Japan's bullet trains are mentioned, they are not pictured. But never mind. Even preschoolers will be drawn in by the large, abundant photographs. Another winner from a popular author.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Young trainiacs rejoice! The inimitable author of Seymour Simon's Book of Trucks (2000) offers a companion volume featuring the same sort of huge, bright, sharply focused color photos paired to succinct descriptive and historical commentary. Sandwiched between an attention-grabbing gallery of locomotive headshots and elevated closing views of a pair of crowded rail yards lit by a low sun, the author introduces rolling stock, past and present-from quaint cog railways to state-of-the-art bullet trains, plus an array of freight and tank cars. Simon continues to irritate lazy readers by refusing to caption his pictures; instead, he alludes to them in the accompanying text, adding anecdotes, detail, and background information in typically calm, orderly prose. Detail-lovers might wish to know just which trains they are seeing, and a bibliography or list of Web sites at the end would not have been amiss-but big machinery has never looked better. (Nonfiction. 7-9)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“These are exactly the cool pictures for which the younger nonfiction set clamors.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064462235
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/11/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 492,019
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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