Trains: Huffing! Puffing! Pulling!

Trains: Huffing! Puffing! Pulling!

by Patricia Hubbell, Megan Halsey, Sean Addy
     
 
Trains, trains, trains! Giant engines snorting, puffing, steaming, pulling, rushing, huffing! All kinds of trains, from cabooses to hoppers and commuter trains to zoo trains, clickety-clack along the tracks. The mixed-media illustrations using clip art, etchings, original drawings, and maps will remind parents and grandparents of an earlier time. Children will enjoy

Overview

Trains, trains, trains! Giant engines snorting, puffing, steaming, pulling, rushing, huffing! All kinds of trains, from cabooses to hoppers and commuter trains to zoo trains, clickety-clack along the tracks. The mixed-media illustrations using clip art, etchings, original drawings, and maps will remind parents and grandparents of an earlier time. Children will enjoy the collages, puns, and delightful wordplay throughout.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This book introduces every possible kind of train through a rollicking rhyme: "Silver trains. Black trains./Speeding-down-the-track trains./Passenger trains. Freight trains./Crossing-every-state trains." The text will have readers building up steam and momentum until the very last page, when the trains and children can both rest. Unfortunately, the illustrations combine drawings, clip art, etchings, and maps, and they are too busy. Busy can be good, but with the small size of this book and its potential as a great read-aloud, the pictures are extremely distracting. On one spread, the workers are named, but the illustrations of them below the text do not line up, and small labels next to the figures indicate their jobs. It also seems as though the book were squeezed as much as possible in order to fit into 32 pages and uses every last inch of space. Stick with Michael Rex's My Freight Train (Holt, 2002) or Philemon Sturgess's I Love Trains! (HarperCollins, 2001).-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hubbell takes a wild ride with locomotives both past and present. Halsey and Addy's collage art is replete with original drawings and historic clip art pasted onto backgrounds of lightly painted-over maps or illustrated paper. The effect is dramatic, colorful and immersing. Their runaway punning will amuse the adult reader, too. In rhyming text, it seems Hubbell recognizes every possible type of train. There are steam engines, electric trains and zoo trains, diesel models and the sleekest of the modern. The journey begins: "Passenger trains. Firefighter trains. Crossing-every-state trains." And ends: "North and South and East and West. Trains work hard . . . And then they rest." This project's talented trio also highlights the sounds trains make: roaring, rumbling and huffing. They look at where trains travel: through valleys and across high bridges and underground where rats in fedoras wait for their subway line. What do trains carry? Anything, apparently, from ducks to oil. They examine employees of a train like the conductor and the porter, as well as what can be eaten in the dining car. Popcorn anyone? Two dazzling vertical spreads top off this standout train trip filled with "Tooting, hooting" fun for adults and tots alike. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761451945
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
20L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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