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Down by the Station

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  323 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Join Will Hillenbrand's group of mischievous, playful, and sleepy baby animals on their way to the children's zoo. You'd better hurry, though . . . they can't be late to greet the first busload of children!
Paperback, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1999)
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This book takes a children's song and extends it, by having the train go through the zoo, picking up baby animals along the way.
Elements of mystery and danger are added, as well as the pleasure of repetition. My expectations were low going into this; I was very pleasantly surprised.
Goshen PL Childrens
Read for Storytime September 21st and 22nd
Theme: Things That Go
Nov 03, 2013 Relyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents and teachers of preschoolers
Recommended to Relyn by: 100 Readers Project
Shelves: lawsonland
A while back I found this really cool project on Youtube. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of their domed reading room, the State Library of Victoria, Australia filmed 100 readers sharing bits of their favorite books. This is the commentary with each video:
Over the past century, our magnificent domed reading room has inspired generations of writers, artists, researchers, students and visitors. More than a remarkable architectural accomplishment, it represents all that we have to offer the worl
Samantha Penrose
Nov 25, 2008 Samantha Penrose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 2-4 year olds
Shelves: kids-books
My three year old absolutely loves books that are sung rather than read...They not only capture his attention, but they are easy for him to commit to memory. This book includes some cumulative text which is simple to read, but provides a good mental workout if you have to memorize it!
This book will also school you and your child on some animal baby names...elephant-calf, flamingo-chick, panda-cub, tiger-cub, seal-pup, and kangaroo-joey.
The illustrations have a lot to look at and talk about. It b
Jan 23, 2014 Asho rated it really liked it
This was a really fun read and it hits the trifecta of favorite things for my almost-two-year-old: trains, animals, and a (very briefly featured) bus.
I like that you can sing this--something my child always finds appealing--and that the original song has been expanded to include sounds for each zoo animal is picked up by the train. It includes sound effects for animals that you don't typically think of as having "sounds" (the panda says "grump grump," for instance). I also like that it parallel
Oct 02, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it
Down by the station was a very easy book. The book included a variety of baby animals and their proper names. It showed what they should be called when they're born and also it has a lot of repetition the the noises that the animals make as well. I would read this book to maybe some 3 year olds and go around the classroom with an engineer hat andpick up the children as they make noises. I would very much use this book in a classroom because their is a variety of ways to interact with the childre ...more
Sujeewa Ranasinghe
Oct 02, 2014 Sujeewa Ranasinghe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: peer-instructor
Down by the Station is a very interesting book to read for young children and they can enjoy different words sounds. Repetitive words and illustrations give big help to memorize the story, therefore, young children can read the book by themselves. Children get oppertunity to learn about animals, their sounds and identify how they walk. This is a very good book to encourage children act like animals and train.
Oct 02, 2014 Jalen rated it it was amazing
This is a great,fun and engaging story for young children. Along witht he many different choo choo train sounds the animals picked up along the way by the conductor are incoprtaed as well witht he many different noises and sounds they make. This is a great story for children to become familiar with the sounds of zoo animals and many different fun activities can incorparated along witht the story and educators can even have an animal train station of their own in the classroom.
Holly N.
Jun 09, 2014 Holly N. rated it really liked it
The use of animals and onomatopoeic words repeated throughout the narrative of Down by the Station by Will Hillenbrand makes for a fun and engaging story. It is a useful teaching tool for teaching children about baby animals and the sounds that are associated with each animal and thing. The illustrations are beautiful, and I would recommend the book for teaching young children about sequencing.
Feb 13, 2014 Paige rated it it was amazing
Shelves: february
I really thought this book was cute and great for elementary age students. I thought the picture/illustrations were cute and would catch the eye of the students. The animals that are in there as well would entertain them easily. I also love that it is a song that way the students can sing along as well. You can read through it once and then the second time have them sing along. Great book!
Elizabeth Brown
I love the colors in this book. Children can learn about animals while pretending to ride on a train. The book also includes a lyric sheet in the back of the book. Children can sing and dance to the tune. Children can also echo/repeat the puff, puff, toot, toot, thrump, thrump sounds made in the book.
Apr 04, 2009 ABC rated it really liked it
Shelves: younger-kids
My son said this book was cute. The lyrics to the kid's song are printed, and you can see various animals being taken away by train and their parents watching them leave. Then they arrive at a zoo of sorts and play with children you see getting off a bus. (One girl is in a wheelchair.)

Although this may not be a wise choice if you are a homeschooler, lol.
Paula Heller
If your child has an interest in trains and collects train models this is a great book from them, because the story is about a train that picks up all kinds of animal passengers. The story helps children find their independence by preparing them into childcare and school. They learn that even young animals are separated from their parents at times.
Josie B.
Oct 03, 2015 Josie B. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime, 3s, 4s-5s, 2s
Singing naturally breaks words into their smaller parts, helping children with phonological awareness. This is one of my favorite books to sing in storytime. A concept book-- it teaches the name of baby animals- it also has plot and opportunities for children to participate. Pair it with Rod Campbell's Dear Zoo for a zoo theme.
Aug 04, 2016 Abby rated it really liked it
Shelves: february
Such a cute book! I already knew the song since I learned it in elementary school but the pictures made the story so much better! I loved seeing all the animals, especially the babies and when they decided to join the train. This would definitely be a fun book to read to a young group of children and have them participate. (:
Mhm Storytelling
May 25, 2011 Mhm Storytelling rated it really liked it
Description: the story goes to many different depots. Each depot have a different type of transportation and each makes different sounds.

Themes: transportation

Great Features: good pictures

Red flags: not much of a story line

opportunity for interaction: very predictable, kids can make the transportation sound effects
Austin Francis
Can you say BORING??? It doesn't help that I don't know how the song goes, but that book was not interesting at all. I know that children's songs don't usually have much to them and it is more about the melody than the words, but since I don't know the melody, the words just couldn't keep my interest. I trucked through and finished it anyway.
Donna Smith
Oct 02, 2014 Donna Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: peer-instructure
This book has great content for young children. The repetition of word along with the sound of the engine and the animals, children will have a lot of fun listening and imitating. Not only will children enjoy the story, they will also learn names of baby animals.
Jan 03, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I love books that have (somewhat) hidden treasures: things that you don't catch the first time or two reading the book. This is definitly a darling story! This version was new to me and it is full of cute illustrations that add so much to the words!
The content in this book is great for young children. This books teaches young children about different animals and the zoo. The illustrations are direct attention grabbers and simply draw the younger reader in.
Oct 02, 2014 Kelcey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: peer-instructor
I loved that someone put illustrations with this book so I could have a visual based on this classic song. This book builds with sounds which is a lot of fun for memory games. This book also teaches the names of baby animals and I liked it a lot.
May 28, 2010 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This story combines a familiar tune with a visit to an animal park zoo safari--complete with all the featured animal's sounds. All the sounds are cumulative and repeated at each verse. If time is short just do a few page spreads with your group or your child.
Jacqueline Lewis
Oct 02, 2014 Jacqueline Lewis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: peer-instructor
This is a fun book to read to children. They will love the different sounds the animals make and at the same time learn about the animals and where they can be found. I would use this book to build on children's memory skills by letting them try to remember the sequence of the animals and sounds.
Jun 05, 2014 Keren rated it really liked it
Shelves: peer-instructor
Great book for teching memory and seriation. This book also delves into science by introducing baby animal names and sounds they make with onomatopoeia. This is a good read for children before taking a trip to the zoo.
Down by the Station was an alright book. Not one of my favorites but it was cute and had a great animal story line. I might use this book as a transition or just as a book in my library, but I doubt I would use it for a lesson.
Oct 02, 2014 Ayana rated it liked it
Shelves: peer-instructor
The book highlights repetition of sounds and words. The book also has neat way of incorporating order of animals and counting. The book can be used in many aspects of literature including but limited to math.
Feb 08, 2008 Jordan rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of my little boys favorite stories - we have to read it every night - usually a couple times before he will go to sleep. He knows the story by heart and loves the song that goes to it. He is fascinated with "choo-choo's" and always wants this choo-choo story read.
Yohan Choi
* The book with rhyming and repeated words teach that the Children can learn them so fun!

* Young readers will read the book about sounds of unit of animals.
Jun 30, 2014 Monae rated it it was ok
Shelves: peer-instructor
This book is an easy read for children. It is a song turned book that is fairly easy to remember. This book is filled with exploration as the train goes through the city
Patricia Iluonakhamhe
Oct 02, 2014 Patricia Iluonakhamhe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: peer-instructor
This is colorful and easy book to read. Good illustrations to connect children to learning and children learn fast by repetition. Way to learn fast.
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Will Hillenbrand is the illustrator of many children's books, including THIS LITTLE PIGGY, edited by Jane Yolen, and KISS THE COW! by Phyllis Root. He is also the author-illustrator of DOWN BY THE STATION. He lives in Terrace Park, Ohio with his wife, Jane, and their son, Ian.
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