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There's a Train Out for Dreamland
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There's a Train Out for Dreamland

by Frederich H. Heider, Jane Dyer (Illustrator), Brooke Dyer (Illustrator), Carl Kress
 

All aboard!

Next stop: Dreamland

Take a ride on a magical train that puffs around a candy mountain, travels on a peppermint rail, and is run by a chocolate brown bear. Along the way see a big white snowman, a house made of licorice, and even a giraffe with jelly bean spots. But did you know there's only one way to get to

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All aboard!

Next stop: Dreamland

Take a ride on a magical train that puffs around a candy mountain, travels on a peppermint rail, and is run by a chocolate brown bear. Along the way see a big white snowman, a house made of licorice, and even a giraffe with jelly bean spots. But did you know there's only one way to get to dreamland? Just close your eyes and climb aboard.

The whimsical lyrics of "There's a Train Out for Dreamland," originally sung by Nat King Cole, combined with magical illustrations from mother-daughter duo Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer, make a Christmas fantasy that captures every child's wildest dreams.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Maggie Chase
For parents who have established a bedtime routine that includes singing, this is a lovely addition to the repertoire of possibilities. Lyrics to the song unfold and sweep across each double-page spread and the softly hued illustrations depict the individual lines of the song, from the jelly bean giraffe to the candy-laden mountain. Children in their jammies line up to get on board and sing their way through the magical landscape of sweets and confections. At the back of the book are the music and lyrics for this tune, first made popular in the late 1940s by Nat King Cole. If you are unfamiliar with the tune, as I was, I do not recommend you first tackle it in the dark of a child's bedroom, as the notes and lyrics are too small to read in that setting, but just read it as a poem. There are a lot of postings on the Internet that feature Nat King Cole's voice to help you out. What a lovely way to end a day. Reviewer: Maggie Chase
School Library Journal
PreS-K—This book illustrates the lyrics to the Heider and Kress song originally sung by Nat King Cole in 1947. Candy cane endpapers kick off this ride to Dreamland that is run by a chocolate brown bear. Soft watercolors depict a wintery scene. Polar bears sell ice cream at the stations where the train stops "to pick up crackerjack mail." Noise words stand out in bold. Back matter includes the complete score with the lyrics. The soft and quiet pictures sometimes feel muted paired with the lyrics. An additional purchase as a bedtime book for families who enjoy the song.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews

The words to a Nat King Cole song from the 1940s serve as the text for this bedtime story featuring the roly-poly animals and charming children in soft-focus watercolors that are the signature look of Jane Dyer's illustrations. For this effort, her daughter Brooke is the co-illustrator. As the story begins, a big blue train pulls in with bells ringing and whistle blowing. The train transports a smiling, singing crowd of cute children to Dreamland, riding on peppermint-striped rails to a station that serves up ice cream and then around a candy-coated mountain and up into the sky. The story concludes with a blond toddler, also shown on the front cover, climbing into bed with the magical train floating through the sky outside the window. The words from the song are not well-known today, but they function adequately as a structure for this wispy, dreamy interpretation. The pleasant illustrations have a slightly washed-out look, and everything seems a bit hazy and subdued, but that might be just right to coax a little one into dreamland. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060580216
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Frederich H. Heider, lyricist, and Carl Kress, jazz guitarist, together created the song "There's a Train Out for Dreamland" that was immortalized on the classic album Nat "King" Cole: 1947 Vol. 2.

Jane Dyer is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Cookies series by Amy Krouse Rosenthal as well as numerous other award-winning picture books. She lives and works in a hundred-year-old brick house in Northampton, Massachusetts. You can visit Jane online at www.janedyerbooks.com.

Brooke Dyer is the illustrator of Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple and Mama Always Comes Home by Karma Wilson. Brooke lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts, with her husband, three young children, and their dog, Sophie.

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