Two Little Trains
This treasured story from the author of Goodnight Moon has been newly illustrated by two-time Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon. Margaret Wise Brown's brilliantly simple text is fittingly showcased by t...more
In THIS version, the second little train (as you can see on the cover) is a toy train. The writing is simply repetitive, just right for little children, and the connection between what the real train is doing and what the toy train is doing is sweet and imaginative.
Two things bugged me, one very minor and one a little mo...more
The marvelous illustrations transform this rather dull poem into a story, and tell the story pictorially far better than the text does.
The pictures tell the story of two trains, one a sleek passenger train, the other a toy train. The movement of the real train is echoed in the imaginary scenarios featuring the toy train being played with at home. For example, when the "two little trains [come] to a...more
Although the artwork is new it is done in a retro style reminiscent of the late 1940s. The streamlined train depicted is the short of engine you'd see pulling trains across the country back then. The toy train is a clearly a wooden toy which in itself is timeles...more
My toddler loves, loves anything trains. He also possesses a deep affinity for train books. As a parent, I make a noble effort to introduce him to train stories that veer away from Thomas and Friends - books that are more creative and meaningful. One such book we uncovered is Two Little Trains. The illustrations are artistic and lifelike. And the story itself is completely synonymous with a little boy's imagination. From the author of Goodnight Moon (a beloved classic), it's no wonder this story...more
Sept 2008: Now that we are more than half way through the recommended reading list on trains and have little to inspire, this book is looking stronger with every check out. Maybe it will go into the ownership catagory after all? We'll see.
The two little trains in question are a real train and a toy train. The text has the same soothing lilt to it that Brown's other books have, and the illustrations are beautiful.
Emerson likes the pictures none the less.
True, it's by Margaret Wise Brown, to the west.
But that shouldn't be a free pass to the west.
I thought the parallel between the two trains was interesting... to the west.
... I guess poetry is easier to write when every last word is the same word... to the west.
Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem....more