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3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
From steam engines to diesel engines and box cars to sleeper cars, a ride on Lynn Curlee’s Trains is about as close as most kids can hope to get to the Japanese bullet train or the inner workings of steam power. This book’s bold, graphic acrylic paintings are a perfect match for sleek, modern engines; dark, dirty locomotives; and the sprawling landscapes of the ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Jun 24, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens
Under the guise of a children's book, this book spent way too little time on the illustrations and overdid it on the verbiage. Way too long even for a level 4 reader, it read's more as an older child's book or even an adult informational book. It tricked me online, convincing me by the cover that it might be suitable for my preschoolers. Alas, they spent less than 30 seconds looking at the pictures, then were disinterested. Not worth our time.
Liza Gilbert
Sep 14, 2009 Liza Gilbert rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
In my opinion this could have been a great train book. The art is crisp and effective. However, the text was too happy and glossed over. Almost all of the people looking at the progress of the trains were wealthy and in rich clothing. The work of the immigrants was grossly edited, and the bits about Native Americans did one heck of an injustice. Yes, children like trains because they are powerful and somewhat romantic, but there is no need to snowball the truth in order to create a good book.
Jennifer Conrad
Jul 14, 2014 Jennifer Conrad rated it really liked it
This book is great for kiddos obsessed with trains. However, it has a too many words (3-5 lengthy paragraphs on each page) and not enough pictures for a toddler. We usually just read the paragraph related to the picture since our toddler wouldn't sit through more than a paragraph or two per page. Now that the toddler is moving on to school, we have begun reading more of the text. It depends on the day whether he's interested in the lengthier text. The book does have a lot of wonderful ...more
Jul 20, 2010 Duane rated it did not like it
To begin with, the author does a big injustice by making the history of trains in our country very "perfect". They fail to mention the toil and hardships that some people endured as the railroad rolled over their land. The illustrations are nice, but overall, there are better books for train lovers or anyone wanting to introduce kids to the world of trains.
Maggi Rohde
A fairly comprehensive history of trains, with a focus on North America. I appreciate the way the narrative is not interrupted by fact boxes or diagrams; the illustrations complement rather than distracting from the text. Excellent for upper elementary.
Jul 15, 2009 Tricia rated it liked it
Title has great illustrations (no photos) with detailed narrative telling the history of trains in the United States. Contains a diagram showing how steam engines work. Despite being way above preschool level, the kids enjoyed the book.
Fiona Endsley
Oct 26, 2009 Fiona Endsley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, history
This was a great book for little folks who like trains in that it tied the story of the railroads to the larger story of American history. It is also very impressively illustrated.
Jun 28, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: student-books
I gave it 4 stars because I'm not that "into" trains, but for 5th graders that are, this is a great book. It will also work with our SS unit on History.
Sep 07, 2009 TG rated it really liked it
Informative picture book
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This is a good kid-friendly text about the invention of trains through a story.
Excellent informational book for children on trains.
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