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Steam Train, Dream Train

Steam Train, Dream Train

4.4 8
by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld

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The team behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site returns with another fabulous book for bedtime! The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars,


The team behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site returns with another fabulous book for bedtime! The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, bouncy kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls. Sweet and silly dreams are guaranteed for any budding train enthusiasts!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Like this team’s bestselling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, this vehicular bedtime book revs up before winding down, and both text and art smoothly transition from stimulating to soothing. A train stops at the “Night Falls” station to pick up its animal crew, who energetically load the train: acrobatic monkeys carry monkey bars onto a boxcar, rabbits bounce aboard on pogo sticks, a polar bear fills a refrigerated car with giant ice cream sundaes, and leaping kangaroos toss balls into a hopper (“The crew hops to it, one and all—/ they get to work and have a ball!”). Rinker’s verse assumes a gentler lilt as the weary animals are pictured tucked into bed—on flatbed cars, fittingly—and the train is seen “Puffing, chuffing out of sight.../ Steam train, dream train.../ chhhhhh... goodnight.” Rendered in wax oil pastels, Lichtenheld’s moonlit illustrations have a lovely luster and a rich texture reminiscent of chalk drawings, using various shades of blue to evoke a magical midnight setting. A go-to goodnight story for train- and animal-loving preschoolers. Ages 1–6. Agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"Will be embraced as a nighttime standard, particularly among train lovers everywhere."-School Library Journal, starred review"

The combination of words and drawings is sure to stir the imaginations of little ones as it lulls them to sleep." - MotherDaughterBookClub.com"

Steam Train, Dream Train has the look and feel of a classic." - Common Sense Media"

Skillfully combines both the factual and imaginative guises of trains in a playful picture book." - The Wall Street Journal"

Rhythmic, engaging, and beautiful." - Amazon.com's Omnivoracious blog"

Kids will clamor for this one at bedtime and storytime alike." - Booklist, starred review"

I will be sharing Steam Train, Dream Train with some very excited students this week..." - Laura Given, Librarian"

I loved Steam Train, Dream Train.... Can I see it becoming a favorite bedtime story's I most certainly can." - Roundtable Reviews"

I expect this one to fly off the shelves." - Jen Robinson's Book Page"

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this rhythmic, rhyming hypnotic vehicle bedtime book from the team who brought us the best selling Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site. It's another winner." - Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word"

Destined to be a bedtime classic." - WorkingMother.com"

Another winner for bedtime." - The San Francisco Chronicle"

A great bedtime book." - 5 Minutes for Books"

A go-to goodnight story for train- and animal-loving preschoolers." - Publishers Weekly, starred review"

A feeling of warmth and an old-fashioned nursery aura abound." - Kirkus Reviews"

A book imbued with moonlit magic."—The Washington Post

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School Library Journal
PreS-K—From out of the midnight darkness comes a mighty train heading to Night Falls station. With clouds of steam hissing from the smokestack and brakes squealing, it comes to a stop and the animal crew jumps out, ready to load up the cars with freight. A rambunctious bunch of monkeys fills the boxcar with toys while kangaroos toss balls into the open-topped hopper car. Purple elephants use their trunks to fill the tanker cars with different colored paints as a polar bear and penguin put giant ice-cream sundaes in the reefer car. After such a hard night's work, the crew beds down on the flatbed car, ready for the steam engine to fire up and take them to dreamland. The strength of this book is in the striking spreads in wax oil pastel. A vast night sky is filled with sparkly stars and large billowing clouds that frame the oncoming train traveling through a realistically silhouetted landscape, while the animal crew looks strangely toylike, as though made of plush and plastic. It is not until the final spread that this incongruous bunch, and this whole dream, is explained by a nighttime look at a young train lover's bedroom. The beginning and end of the book are filled with expressive and enjoyable railroad sounds, yet the rhyming text loses a bit of steam in the middle, describing but not always enhancing the activity depicted in the illustrations. Still, this is a book that will, like its predecessor, Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site (Chronicle, 2011), be embraced as a nighttime standard, particularly among train lovers everywhere.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
"Through the darkness, clickety-clack... / coming closer, down the track..." The night train is arriving; it carries an unusual cargo and an even more surprising crew. Darkly lit pastel illustrations reveal monkeys, kangaroos, an elephant and various other animals, all of whom are ready to load freight appropriate to their eating habits, anatomy or abilities into a variety of different, named railroad cars. Rhymed text full of onomatopoeia describes the monkeys packing bananas, monkey bars, hula hoops and a sock monkey into the boxcar. Kangaroos toss balls into the hopper, and elephants squirt different-colored paints into tankers. Whimsical, dreamlike imagery continues as a polar bear loads a giant ice-cream sundae onto the freezer car, while the tortoises drive race cars onto an autorack. While it's not a strikingly original selection, a feeling of warmth and an old-fashioned nursery aura both abound here. Train and animal enthusiasts alike will enjoy the gentle action and may just drift off as the train fills up and the animals go to sleep, safely tucked in on flatbed cars that hold…beds. "Steam train, dream train... / chhhhhh...goodnight." A solid companion to Rinker and Lichtenheld's Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (2011). (Picture book. 3-6)

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Meet the Author

Sherri Duskey Rinker lives in Chicago with her photographer husband and two energetic, inquisitive sons: one fascinated by bugs and magic, and the other by trucks and trains. She created this goodnight story in hopes of happier bedtimes and sweet dreams for all. Find out more about Sherri at www.sherriduskeyrinker.com.
Tom Lichtenheld loves drawing pictures and telling silly stories. His books include the New York Times bestseller Duck! Rabbit!, Wumbers, and the ALA Notable Children's Book, E-mergency! He lives in Geneva, Illinois. Visit him at www.tomlichtenheld.com.

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Steam Train, Dream Train 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
The dream train pulls into the station and the animal workers load the train with bouncy-balls, pogo-sticks, ice cream, hoola-hoops and other fun toys! Everything needed for sweet dreams! Why I liked this book – First of all, I love the GORGEOUS illustrations! They’re wonderful to look at! The rhyme is magnificent! I love the onomatopoeia in it and it sounds like the chug chug of a train. I like that it teaches the purpose of each train car! (ex: “The autorack will gently keep these fast, fast cars”…) I think it is imaginative to see all the sweet dream things the animals load onto the train. It will definitely give kids things to have nice dreams about! **NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my six-year-old son for Christmas because there was a train, a giraffe, and a monkey on the cover -- in that order. I also bought it because I know a little of Rinker's writing.  I can't comment on how much my son likes this book until after Christmas, but I loved it. 
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Metuchen-Johnny More than 1 year ago
Perfect book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure who loves this book more, my 16 month old son or my husband! A great book for dads and their sons. The illustrations are colorful enough to be engaging, but subtle enough not to rouse a tired child. There are enough truck sounds to appease father AND son! They love this book as much as the previous book from this author, Goon Night, Good Night Construction Site. My husband can't wait for the next book to come out!
Granny07 More than 1 year ago
Expecting another remarkably clever bedtime book from Rinker, I was disappointed. The rhyming and subtleties in the illustrations of "...Construction Site" are missing here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must have for little train lovers!! The book flows beautifully, the illustrations are captivating and my kids are begging for this every night. Huge fans of this new book, as well as their previous, Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site. Your kids will love to listen to these books. And you will love reading them!