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Steam Train, Dream Train

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,547 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
In this book with rhyming text, the dream train pulls into the station and all the different cars are loaded by the animal workers, each with the appropriate cargo.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Chronicle Books (first published April 1st 2013)
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Jun 25, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
After so many boring and lackluster children's books about trains, it was so refreshing to come across one so engaging with such beautiful illustrations! We all loved this book! Even my 5 yr old who claims to have no interest in trains anymore was riveted by the story and what would be loaded onto the dream train next. Even though a young reader could read this, it's much more fun to have a parent read this smoothly. I know that some people find rhyming tiresome and overdone, but this book does ...more
Jun 11, 2014 Kaethe rated it really liked it
This is a weirdly specific book: a going-to-bed book with all the cars of the train named, and animals loading them. The text was fine, but the art was really special.

Library copy
Cindy Hudson
May 31, 2013 Cindy Hudson rated it it was amazing
Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld, the duo that brought us the award-winning Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, have created another bedtime picture book that’s sure to be a hit with parents and preschoolers alike.

Steam Train, Dream Train is the story of a train with a very unusual crew: bears, elephants, monkeys, kangaroos and other animals. When the train pulls into the station, crew members load it up with all kinds of things kids love to play with. The monkeys bring in monkey bar
Filled with plenty of onomatopeia such as "clickety-clack" (unpaged), "Cling! Clang!" (unpaged), "Puffing, chuffing out of sight" (unpaged), this book is fun to read aloud. A train arrives, and various animals load up each of its cars. while I liked the fact that it was written in rhyming text and that I learned some interesting information--who knew that the car where cold products are stored is called a reefer car?--I grew a bit tired of the text as several cars were filled, and then the train ...more
Nov 06, 2013 Joannah rated it it was amazing
Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld are the modern masters of the bedtime story, especially for little boys. Their previous picture book, Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, is a favorite of truck-loving children everywhere. In Steam Train Dream Train, they’ve taken another childhood obsession - trains, and managed to work in animals, toys, trucks, cars - even dinosaurs make an appearance in these pages. It may seem overwhelming at first because there is a lot more here than there was i ...more
Destiny Dawn Long
This was a really enjoyable bedtime book. My daughter really likes trains right now, which was part of why I grabbed it from the library shelf. I was pleased to discover a fun story that teaches about the different parts of trains, while using a rhyming text story full of playful animal crew members. There are lots of fun action words and onomatopoeia. The wax oil pastel illustrations are imaginative and beautifully rendered. I especially like the heavy shadows and darker tones that were used to ...more
A train gets loaded up for the night. Each of the various animal crew know just what they should do–from the monkeys who do acrobatics to get the cargo loaded to the polar animals who load the “reefer” (cold) car. Of course at the end of the story the reader will find out there is more to this train…it is a little child’s train set up at the foot of a bed while the child is sleeping.

The illustrations are beautiful. The dark strokes with speckled colors add to the night-time feel of the book. Plu
Sara Tranum
Feb 21, 2016 Sara Tranum rated it it was amazing

It’s past bedtime and the magic of a steam train carrying tasty snacks and toys abounds. Animals are matched to loads and cars, packing the train for its nightly journey to a land of dreams.

We were introduced to Steam Train, Dream Train when it was given to my oldest as a gift. A lover of reading and trains, this book was an instant favorite. From the animals filling their respective cars with toys, playing or snacking, the different types of train cars are introduced and matched up with
Alex Valenzuela
Feb 08, 2015 Alex Valenzuela rated it liked it
In Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker a train is chugging by in the night and stops to let it's workers load it up. The workers include all types of animals from monkeys to camels to elephants, all working together to load up the freight before sunrise. Once they finish the lay down to rest and work the following night. As the story ends you notice that the train in the story is the toy train in a sleeping little boy's room and that this is all his dream.

The story is written in a
Liane Marie
Oct 06, 2014 Liane Marie rated it really liked it

Category: Hardcover

Age: 1-6+ years

Synopsis: “Steam Train, Dream Train” is another gem written and illustrated by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld who brought us “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.” In this bedtime story, animals load up, play on, and eventually fall asleep on a train bound for dream time. The book features lyrical prose and beautiful illustrations.

Bilingual benefit: The text in “Steam Train, Dream Train” rhymes well with a very high level English vocabulary and a l
Jun 18, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
A steam train races across the prairie at night. Stopping at Night Falls station, the all-animal crew quickly loads each car with toys, paints, racecars, and frozen sweets. Once loaded, the animals tuck themselves into their beds and go to sleep.

There are many books that depict a train driving through the night, only to finish up with a parting image of a child, reposed in sleep, while the train graces the floor of their bedroom. Steam Train, Dream Train is my absolute favorite of them.

In Steam
Carol Royce Owen
Mar 31, 2014 Carol Royce Owen rated it really liked it
This is a delightful book for boys and girls alike, especially those who have an interest in trains. I'll confess, though. There were a few things here, I didn't know about trains - such as a tender, and a reefer car, and I was kind of wishing for a glossary in the end to clarify a few terms. I got that a reefer car is a freezer car, but I'm still not sure about some others - tender, well car, gondola. So, that's the reason I didn't give this 5 stars. Otherwise, it's wonderful in every way. The ...more
Wylie Chambas
Feb 22, 2015 Wylie Chambas rated it really liked it
My 2-year-old son would like to give this book a 6…but he's biased toward everything trains. :)

I give it a 4, mainly in comparison to Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, which is a solid 5 for its great rhythm/rhyming and pacing. (Can you say those things about a children's picture book? I just did.) Steam Train, Dream Train isn't quite as perfect, verse and pacing-wise, though I might not have noticed if I hadn't read Construction Site first.

Steam Train, Dream Train is an excellent book--c
Dec 08, 2015 Makenna rated it really liked it
This is a story about a train traveling through a sleeper's dream. The train stops at the station and various animals begin to fill all the freight cars with various objects. The book is told with a rhyming scheme, which gives a nice flow to the story. There is also quite a bit of onomatopoeia, such as on the first page where it says "clickety-clack". Both the rhyme scheme and the onomatopoeia help to keep the reader engaged. I did enjoy the text of this story, but felt the illustrations were mu ...more
Kaitlyn Corbin
Apr 21, 2016 Kaitlyn Corbin rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Stream Train, Dream Train is a book that shows all of the passengers that come aboard the steam train at night. At the end of this book we learn that there is a little boy sleeping with a train set on his floor which shows that this book is actually his dream and the fun characters that climb aboard the train are all apart of his dream. This book is designed as a nighttime book, one that a child would read or would be read to before he or she goes to sleep. This is why the illustrations are fill ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Abby rated it it was amazing
This colorful and well written book is about a train being filled with all kinds of animals and the things they need! Kangaroos with balls, and more to fill any sweet child's dreams and feed their imagination! The story is realistic and explains real life train parts while being a sweet story!

Activity: Have children draw a picture of themselves and what they would put in a train car for themselves, and why! Have the students think about what things describe them and how the train as a whole (the
Feb 19, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I loved the book "Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site", as it was a great book for my son, so when I found out the author/illustrator did a train book, I leapt at the chance to read it. She did not disappoint. How can kids not love a book with trains, animals, and dinosaurs! The book tells the rhyming story of a group of animals who help load a train with supplies and when the finish, they board the train and go to sleep. My son especially liked the polar bears and penguins loading ice cream, ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Betsy rated it liked it
Not as fabulous as "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site," but still nice.
Kyra Harwell
May 09, 2013 Kyra Harwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I tried reading this to Pre-K but it was a little over their head:(
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Rinker, Sherri Duskey., and Tom Lichtenheld. Steam Train, Dream Train. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle, 2013. Print.

Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld is a great bed time book. This book has everything that little children want in a bed time story, from animals to trains, to bright colors in the engaging illustrations. Children will enjoy the creative text written in a funny creative rhyme scheme. This is an excellent choice for libraries and for new parents who wa
Jul 23, 2013 Melody rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
bed time train story with gentle, sleepy time ending.
May 03, 2013 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The author/illustrator team that brought you the bestselling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site returns with another gorgeous transportation-themed bedtime book. The cheerful rhyme invites children to explore the different types of train cars and what sorts of items are stowed in each one. This is done by a monkey crew who move monkey bars into the boxcars with tumbling moves and lots of bananas. The hopper car is filled with bouncy balls by kangaroos and a helpful giraffe. Elephants squirt ...more
May 08, 2013 Dagmar rated it liked it
I had such high hopes for this book, because I loved its prequel, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Unfortunately, while this book is beautifully illustrated, it just goes on too long and has two many details. My preschool class sat through it, but I was amazed that they didn't wiggle. Like so many second books, it could not capture the magic of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. That book held my students interest, in fact, made them all clap. It was beautifully illustrated, had ni ...more
Jennifer Heise
Oct 20, 2013 Jennifer Heise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beekman
Looking for a winding-down bedtime book for a train enthusiast, or even just a train tolerator? This might be it.
The star of this book is Tom Lichtenheld's soft, brightly colored night-time illustrations, which we loved in "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site." Here cheerful animals and some toys load the specialty cars on a train with different toys, then shut down for the night. The images have lots of movement but the restrained palette makes them soothing. The text is rhyming in some plac
While I love picture books, I do not have children, so I don't often read them. However, last year I had the joyous opportunity to spend time living close to several of my friends who do have kids. I purchased GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE for on my best friend's three year old son for Christmas 2012. I read it to him the first time and we both feel in love with it! He had it memorized by New Years!

I purchased STEAM TRAIN, DREAM TRAIN for the same child this Christmas. Even I was exci
Kate Werner
Jun 26, 2014 Kate Werner rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, literacy
This book tells of a train full of animals, all with different jobs. The polar bears and the penguins load up the frozen cart, the tortoises are in charge of the race cars, and the monkeys are playing on the monkey bars. It is very imaginative with beautiful, vibrant pictures.

This would be a great book to use to talk about imaginative, creative writing or to talk about using sounds in writing.
Mar 18, 2014 Deanie rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is another beautiful book by Rinker. However - and maybe my brain was just rattled when I read it - the rhymes just didn't seem to flow well. I felt it didn't read with that natural rhythm and beat that is typical of rhyming picture books. I often felt tripped up by the words and couldn't get into a natural pace with reading. I'll have to return to it and see if I still have that problem!
Bambini Travel
Dec 31, 2013 Bambini Travel rated it really liked it
The bestselling team that created GOODNIGHT GOODNIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE, hit another slam dunk with this new book in 2013. Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld have a keen sense of what excites young children. In this tale, a steam train pulls "huffing, chuffing" into a station and is greeted by a group of cheerful animals ready to load the freight. Camels carry blocks, giraffes dumps balls, and gondolas are turned into a sand box. Flat beds are filled with everything a toddler could dream u ...more
Brianna Lanier
Jan 21, 2015 Brianna Lanier rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lssl3361
This book is about a steam train, and tells of how the different workers prepare the cars.
This is another great bedtime story book. I loved that it rhymed and that the author paired the words to the animals.
An activity I would do: I would have each student create one car filled with their favorite animal and thing, and then put together our own classroom steam train.
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Sherri has returned to her passion of writing to indulge her own children's passions. A graphic designer, she lives in Chicago with her photographer husband, a cockapoo named Quincy, several fish, a few hermit crabs, an ever-changing array of insects in jars, toys in every corner, and two energetic and inquisitive young boys: one fascinated by bugs and magic and another obsessed with trucks and tr ...more
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