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This Train
     

This Train

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by Paul Collicutt
 

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A concept book for the youngest of train lovers

All aboard! This is one train book you don't want to miss. Using a refreshingly simple approach, Paul Collicutt has crafted the perfect book for young railroad enthusiasts. Each page features a vividly colored and detailed painting of a train, and the spreads show how they are different -- long and short,

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A concept book for the youngest of train lovers

All aboard! This is one train book you don't want to miss. Using a refreshingly simple approach, Paul Collicutt has crafted the perfect book for young railroad enthusiasts. Each page features a vividly colored and detailed painting of a train, and the spreads show how they are different -- long and short, fast and slow, old and new. As a bonus, full-color endpapers feature captioned renderings of real-life engine models from all over the world that were the inspirations for the trains depicted throughout the book.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Trains in fiesta-bright hues zip through a picture book debut that uses the iron horse to demonstrate simple opposites and contrasts.” —Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Trains in fiesta-bright hues zip through a picture book debut that uses the iron horse to demonstrate simple opposites and contrasts: "This train is in the country./ This train is in the city"; "This train carries passengers./ This train carries freight." The art is highly stylized, and its colors are souped-up: even the "old" train is a brilliant blue-green with orange cars trailing behind; the backgrounds also partake of the turbo-charged palette. The absence of humans and a tendency toward the generic--futuristic skyscrapers, trees that look as if they belong on an architect's model--counteract the art's more painterly features. But young train aficionados will appreciate the impression of speed and power Collicutt achieves, and they'll also enjoy the endpapers with their images of such trains as the Japanese Shin-Kansen, the Santa Fe Super Chief and the French TGV. Ages 2-7. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Passenger trains may be disappearing from the American landscape but Collicutt's resplendent illustrations portray them in all their streamlined glory. He puts trains in scenes resembling old railroad calendar shots, showing them winding through the countryside, or depicting flashy steam engines and diesels pulling away from futuristic cities. The text is basic—"This is a train in the country. This is a train in the city,"—which gives the pictures obvious precedence. Endpapers attach names and countries of origin to the various types, from the Japanese high speed electric train to the Santa Fe Super Chief. Collicutt offers a tribute void of fustiness, a salute that looks too "now" to be nostalgic. (Picture book. 2-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374475185
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
09/04/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
719,575
Product dimensions:
10.77(w) x 7.86(h) x 0.07(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Collicutt is a freelance illustrator who lives in Sussex, England. This Train is the first book in a series which also includes This Plane and This Boat.

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This Train 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
nutsy More than 1 year ago
I bought this for the little (2 1/2)boy for whom I nanny. He loves trains and this book quickly became a favorite. At the front and back of the book are double pages showing a wide variety of international trains. The story pages are filled with large, colorful, beautiful illustrations of trains depicting the simple text which uses opposites in each double page layout. For example: "This train is going uphill. This train is going downhill." I read the text and we spend a good bit of time studying and discussing the illustrations. I know in a short while he will be 'reading' the book to himself and his new sister. I strongly recommend the book to any young train lover!
Rita_Lot More than 1 year ago
My son loves trains and loves this book. We found it in our public library and immediately need our own copy. The illustrations are great and help develop language skills with the use of opposites. The repetitive text is great to develop early literacy skills (pointing under words, finding where to start and finish a sentence). He quickly picked it up and enjoys reading it with me or by himself. A great book that needs to be added to your home, classroom and school libraries. If you've got a child that loves anything that moves, check out the other books by Collicutt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 2 year old loved this book and was able to quickly memorize it. He loved the pictures and the trains.