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Train Leaves the Station
     

Train Leaves the Station

by Eve Merriam, Dale Gottlieb (Illustrator)
 

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Between the rolling cadences of this peripatetic choo-choo and the vigorous swaths of color left in its tracks, this picture book practically redefines locomotion." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Between the rolling cadences of this peripatetic choo-choo and the vigorous swaths of color left in its tracks, this picture book practically redefines locomotion." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Between the rolling cadences of this peripatetic choo-choo and the vigorous swaths of color left in its tracks, this picture book practically redefines locomotion." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gottlieb, the author/illustrator of Big Dog and My Stories by Hildy Calpurnia Rose , has deftly turned the neat synchronization of Merriam's lilting counting rhyme into an artistic express run. Between the rolling cadences of this peripatetic choo-choo and the vigorous swaths of color left in its tracks, this picture book practically redefines locomotion. Complete with a clock face on its front end, this little engine that definitely can sets out at varying times of day, accompanied by a brief--and generally thematic--couplet: ``Light on the ceiling, rug on the floor, / train leaves the station at four-o-four.'' Up hill and down dale, the excursion is a dazzling one: Gottlieb's glossy, crisply defined images practically leap from the pages. His childlike illustrations somewhat call to mind those of Lucy Cousins, but have a joie de vivre all their own. While not the most comprehensive vehicle for counting or learning to tell time, this captivating train nonetheless takes youngsters on a true joy ride. Ages 2-5. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Appreciation for rhythm may begin as early as the womb. The beat of many nursery rhymes approximate rhythms of a mother's heartbeat heard in utero. Train Leaves the Station is by the late Merriam, an award-winning poet with over fifty books to her credit. It is an energetic counting book that chugs and puffs along with images. It cares more about transporting young children with its spirited verses than making proper sense. The chant-like structure ("Ink in the pen, chalk on the slate / train leaves the station at eight-o-eight") resonates as if it were born on playgrounds and is destined to be repeated. Illustrations by Gottlieb are primary colored and child-like in style. 1994 (orig.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805035476
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
09/15/1994
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.96(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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