Trains

Trains

by Matt Doeden
     
 

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

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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 Facthound.com, 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736867221
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Mighty Machines Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,181,896
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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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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