Text and photographs introduce different types of trains such as freight trains and passenger trains, discusses their parts, and explains what trains do.

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Children's Literature - J. H. Diehl
Railroad trains have inspired the human imagination since the early nineteenth century. The photo-illustrations in this picture book for reluctant readers remind us why. Freight trains and passenger trains race through expansive landscapes, snake along a track near water, loom over waiting cars at a signal crossing, or gleam in an underground Washington, D.C. subway station. This book is an entry in the publisher's "Mighty Machines" series. Its language strikes a good balance between simple sentence structure, repetitive and subject-specific vocabulary, and high-interest content. For example, the text starts by defining a train as "a long line of railroad cars hooked together." Then, following the series' format, a chapter consisting of four pages of minimal text on double-page spreads describes train parts like wheels, whistles, tracks, and locomotives. A similarly brief chapter follows, characterizing types of trains including commuter, subway, passenger, and freight trains. A final chapter declares that trains are "mighty machines." Back matter includes a glossary, an index, and a brief list of books for further reading. Readers are also directed to, a website sponsored by the publisher that offers students a useful tool for developing their Internet research skills. By selecting a grade level and typing in an ID number printed in the back of the book, students can locate other age- or grade-appropriate resources, including more books and websites about trains. Reviewer: J. H. Diehl
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736867221
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Mighty Machines Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 755,318
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.

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Table of Contents

Trains     4
Parts of Trains     6
Kinds of Trains     14
Mighty Machines     20
Glossary     22
Read More     23
Internet Sites     23
Index     24
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