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by Gail Gibbons

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Passenger and freight trains are useful, and fun to watch.


Passenger and freight trains are useful, and fun to watch.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Some books view train travel with a nostalgic eye; Gibbons gives readers a look at an obviously contemporary industry. She names the many kinds of cars and the various uses they have, explains how train personnel work together and shows potential passengers what to expect on board. Her characteristically clear pictures offer many perspectives and engaging scenes. Among the straightforward information she includes are some of the things that every reader relates tofor example, one of the best things about trains is watching them go by, and waving at them. Ages 4-8. (April)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Another fine, boldly illustrated concept book from Gibbons. The author's familiar illustrations in bright, primary colors with crisp, geometric lines will appeal to young eyes, particularly with their neat border of white ``track.'' The text is spare and accurate in its description of different kinds of trains, past and present, and how they work. The final page gives signs and signals related to trains. Gibbons has a knack for discerning what's important to young readers and presenting it in a manner of interest to them. The cover illustration of a huge engine looming high above heightens the sense of a child's perspective in the illustrations. Trains , with its colorful appeal and accurate content, is an example of how information can best be presented to young readers. Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, Maine

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Holiday House, Inc.
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9.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.10(d)
470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post", "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is

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Trains 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My two year old loves to flip through this book. The drawings have clean lines and bright bold colors. He excited points to all the pictures. My four year old loves to hear the text with information on all kinds of trains.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative for train enthusiasts!