Trains (National Geographic Readers Series)

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Choo Choo! Kids love trains! Especially the old-timey steam engines found in amusement parks and zoos. But what about a super-speeder in Japan that zooms on the track at 361 miles per hour? Or the world's longest freight train, stretching on for a whopping 4.6 miles? Or futuristic railways in the sky? In this Level 1 reader, young readers will discover a whole new way of looking at trains!
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Choo Choo! Kids love trains! Especially the old-timey steam engines found in amusement parks and zoos. But what about a super-speeder in Japan that zooms on the track at 361 miles per hour? Or the world's longest freight train, stretching on for a whopping 4.6 miles? Or futuristic railways in the sky? In this Level 1 reader, young readers will discover a whole new way of looking at trains!
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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
When I was growing up we lived near the train tracks and I could not only hear the trains, I could watch them go by and used to make a game of counting the cars in the freight trains. Most kids won't have that opportunity, but they can learn plenty about trains past and present in this nonfiction early reader. There are a variety of trains as the opening pages point out, but I am not sure what a cold train is; the rest I recognized. There is a brief explanation of how a steam train works followed by a description of the rails, tunnels and trestles and an acknowledgement of the Chinese and Irish who helped build America's rail system. Where the track went, cities and towns sprang up. Trains often carried valuables and some of the train robbers like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are legendary. The center spread offers six interesting facts about trains. The short text then features some of the more unusual vehicles that rode the tracks and some opulent train cars like the Maharajas' Express in India. Moving from these trains that leisurely moved through the countryside, today we have bullet trains that zip along at 275 miles per hour. Terms are defined on the pages in inset boxes and when needed there is a phonetic spelling of the word. The layout uses excellent photographs and has a train running across the top of every page; a bit busy but still appealing. There are also jokes interspersed throughout and most are puns. A good start for those fascinated by big machines and trains in particular. A Level 1 book in the "National Geographic Readers" series targeted to kids who are starting to read. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426307775
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Series: National Geographic Readers Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 67,096
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: 520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 5.92 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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AMY SHIELDS lives in a little house in the middle of the woods in upstate New York.  She has an unusual friendship with her two dogs, Jenny and Toby, but the real loves of her life are her two daughters.  She has written and ghostwritten many books for children.  
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