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Freight Train

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  8,062 ratings  ·  306 reviews
Chugga, chugga. Chugga, chugga. Whoo, whooooo!!
Board Book, 26 pages
Published September 20th 1996 by Greenwillow Books (first published October 1st 1978)
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midnightfaerie
A wonderful book about trains that I'm glad I picked up. A Caldecott Honor book, it is one of our favorite train books we've read. Bright colorful train cars kept my preschoolers riveted, as well as the different scenery, such as the bridges and tunnels the trains go through. Also, a nice and unusual touch were the pages with the train moving. The illustrations showed the cars as blurred so it looked like a big rainbow moving along. My twins loved that. We just picked it up from the library, and...more
Emily Holter
Freight Train is a perfect book to learn about transportation and trains. This book is for the younger readers, most likely preschoolers and kindergarteners. The book does not contain many words, but it is knowledgeable, as for it teaches the children all about the different parts of the freight train and the colors that it associates with. For instance, the illustrations show a “purple box car”.

Children will have a great time naming all the parts of the trains and calling out the right colors....more
Patrick
This book would be a great book to use for pre K-first or second grade. For younger kids it is an excellent tool to use to teach colors to the children. A teacher could read the book, and ask the children to name the colors of the different parts of the train. After reading the book the children could then paint pieces to their own freight train. For Kindergarten to First grade this book could be used to introduce the parts of a train. Before reading the book the teacher could ask the students...more
Heidi
Well, the colors are vibrant in the book. And it's a good way to teach the scale (whatever it's called). Very simple. Could be used with beginning readers. Especially for the car/train lovers out there.

3/24/11 This was wonderful! I wanted to have a book focusing on colors. So I thought how to do this and came up with a brilliant (so say I) idea! I cut rectangles out of construction paper using colors represented in the book. I taped them up around the room. Then I cut out wheels in the colors--t...more
Karen
My son told me a story about a train book that he was reading to a dinosaur that turned into a robot. Freight Train was the train book. Our copy is an English/Spanish edition. I bought this edition because the text is so simple it seemed a great way to introduce my son to a language besides English. I've done this with a couple of other books (e.g., Goodnight Moon), and it's been pretty successful.

Freight Train does have very simple text. The text is also large and easy-to-read. My son can't yet...more
Samantha
"Freight Train" begins by introducing each part of a train through different color variations (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, and Black). Once all the pieces have been introduced, the reader takes a journey through several locations where the train is passing through. Each page contains no more than five words, making it a great source for beginners. The conclusion leaves the mind to wonder and imagine where the train has gone next...

The simplicity of the text is matched with the stri...more
Ashley
Illustrated by: Donald Crews
Published: 1978
Fiction, picture book

Summary:
This book mentions each part of a freight train as it picks up speed and runs across a track.

Evaluation:
This is a good emergent reader book. There is no real plot to speak of but it could gain the attention of many children, especially those that like trains. The pages are no more than four words long. There is some vocabulary to go through prior to reading or during reading such as caboose, hopper, gondola, tender, trestles...more
ALB
CSULB 545 Class 1: Seminal Classic - children's
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Freight Train written and illustrated by Donald Crews, 1978

The first image is of a track – brown railroad ties with corresponding brown text: “A train runs cross this track.” The charming simplicity of the statement and the empty space above the track builds the anticipation for the train to appear. In the next it does, in three colors, two primary and one secondary. The print of the text matches the train cars, reinforcing th...more
Maya Benberry
This book is great for early grade school students. For those who are still learning their colors this book could be a great tool for that. You can ask the students to name the colors of various parts of the train. For those who are a little bit older (K-1st grade) the students will learn the different pieces of the train. This is a great book also because for some reason all children love trains and this book could spark an interest with the students. The text of this book is very simple so thi...more
Dolly
May 10, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their little ones
This is a fun book about trains that also teaches children about colors. The simple narrative and illustrations are sure to entertain little ones and this is a great book to introduce to toddlers and preschoolers. I won't be reading this one with our girls since they've grown out of books like this, but I liked it.
Kathy Leonard
Crews, Donald. Freight Train (2003). One would never imagine a freight train as beautiful, but it is in this colorful display. It is a stunning way to teach the concept of colors. The artwork is simple yet it includes detailed illustrations of the various types of train cars. There is a white background which allows for the focus to be on the train. The train tracks throughout the book show movement. I especially like the choice of colorful fonts. The large colorful fonts match the color of the...more
Kristen
Freight Train is a must-read for parents, teachers, and children, especially children who like things that go. Each page in this Caldecott-winning picture book proudly displays each car of an iconic freight train. Each car is a different color. The colors are vivid, and the words are simple. Children can point to the words that correspond to the color. Many children will memorize the pages of this book and take pride in being able to read it by themselves! It is an excellent gateway to reading f...more
Megan Laird
The simple, yet effective, Freight Train children's book allows younger students (pre-k, kinder) to learn their colors using the pictures of the train. Although this book is written with minimal words and less than bright illustrations, it is the way the reader chooses to present this book that will either keep the children interested or cause their minds to drift and wander. Although I wish Crews had done a little more repetition with his phrase "a train runs across this track," I understand he...more
Kristin Carney
This book was a short book and would be great to read to children that are starting to learn about colors. For example it say "yellow hopper car" and it has a train car thats yellow, along with the words being yellow as well. I really like how the author and illustrator worked together to bring the concept across to the children. As for the illustrations i noticed that they look like they were water colors and i thought that was smart for the illustrator to do because in one part of the book the...more
Margaretann
Apr 09, 2014 Margaretann rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 1-2 year olds or children just learning to read
I think this book is best for one to two-year-olds . . . a bit too basic to capture my 2.5-year-old's attention since there isn't much of a story - the book focuses on colors (which she already knows) and names of the different cars of the train. The illustrations are really beautiful and while she is a bit of a choo-choo enthusiast, the pictures of the trains themselves weren't enough to really capture her attention.

This might be worth revisiting in pre-k or kindergarten when she's learning to...more
Dawn
Freight Train by Donald Crews is a Caldecott award winning honor picture book for children aged two to six. This is a simple yet colorful and fun book about a freight train and the places it goes. Not only does this book include a rainbow of colors (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, and Black) this work also identifies all the different types of freight train cars. I awarded this book 5 stars for young readers. I feel the use of bright bold colorful pictures works well to engage children...more
Rosemary
All aboard! Toddlers who want to learn about a freight train and colors! This book, which I am reading in its board book form, is so much fun! As an adult I learned from it. I didn't know there was such a term as a gondola car or perhaps I had forgotten it. I'll look more closely when I'm at a railroad crossing. Instead of being a grumpy, impatient grown-up,when the lights flash, the warning bell sounds and the gate goes down, I'll try to enjoy the wonder of trains. What's a few minutes out of y...more
Chelsea
This book, by Donald Crews, is very simple and straightforward in conveying the concept of colors as well as the different train cars and how trains travel. This book would be excellent for children who are learning their colors. It could be used as a read aloud and ask the children, "What color is this car?" and let them respond. It would also be good to use with children who are learning to read on their own because there is not much text at all and the words are fairly simple, although they m...more
Natalie Varnell
Genre: Children’s Picture Book: Concept
Summary: This is a Caldecott Honor book that features a multi-colored freight train. The train is composed of a variety type of box cars each one with its own vibrant color. As the train travels past tunnels, cities, and trestles, it illuminates with a trailing rainbow.
a) The illustrator/author Donald Crews did a great job creating a “bleeding” rainbow. This book is great for reinforcing colors, and in particular the effect of color with movement.
b) The rea...more
Ashley Barna
Donald Crews' Freight Train is another wonderful story told so well through his illustrations. I believe this story could go right along with his Trucks book since the pictures follow right along and say what is being shown. The trains are each a different color, and Crews does a great job focusing in on what is being said and shown on one page. The illustrations continue on right where the left off on the following pages. This book would be a great one for beginning readers, as well as those wh...more
Diana
Freight Train by Donald Crews

1. Genre: Concept Picture Book

2. Summary: Brilliantly colored train cars move through a tunnel, by a city, and across a trestle until it moves off the page.

3. Critique:
a. Area for comment: The detailed drawings with the text not only teaches the colors, but also the names of each train car.

b. Comment: The details of the different colored train cars and the text that tells what each car is makes this a great book about trains, colors, and movement.

c. Example: E...more
Aleece
A very simplistic but wonderful story about the different cars that are on a train.

While this book is very simple it is still one of my favorites because children of all ages can see the different cars and see the different colors and learn along with the book. The train moves faster so the images blur to show that. When the train goes through a tunnel the page goes dark. The simple illustrations make a big impact on the story and the kids that are reading it. Overall this is an absolutely wonde...more
Brittany Tatum
There is not much to this story, it is about a train that is traveling with different color cars. I personally didn't like this story, I thought that it was very boring, the illustrations were very simple, there was not much color with the exception of the different color cars. However, I think children who are learning to read and learning colors will enjoy this book because of the simple, large print text. It is a great concept book because it teaches children the basic colors.
Holly Heuglin
"Freight Train," written and illustrated by Donald Crews, is a Caldecott Award winning concept book written to help toddlers learn their colors, and other basic words. It's ten and a half pages follow the journey of a freight train, with bright colors, and a fun-filled adventure. Basic colors, nouns, verbs, and adjectives are all brought to attention in this simple story. The pictures of the book may seem very general, but yet they show so much detail in it's actions. Crews did a phenomenal job...more
Ms. McCall
Freight Train is a magnificent learning experience for toddlers just beginning to acquaint themselves with books and colors. The words are sparse, drawing the child’s eye instead to the beautifully and simply illustrated train that chugs along from page to page. The train is broken up into train cars, each a different color, the corresponding text matching the color of the train car. The train’s movement is illustrated through blurs and distortion in different settings, helping children to unde...more
William Hiser
Freight Train, written and illustrated by Donald Crew, is a twenty-four page Caldecott winning children’s picture book published by HarperColins in 1978. It was written for pre-kindergarten through first grade students. This is the story of the cars of a freight train as they travel from fields to cities through day and night. Each car is different in shape, purpose, and color. It wonderfully introduces colors, the color spectrum, motion, speed, travel, geography, and even engineering if you wan...more
Kristalina O'bannon
This book is wonderful for children entering pre-school or kindergarten. Freight train teaches children colors in a fun format of train cars. Each train car is a different colored car. The illustrations are basic and simple with lots of color, making it attractive for young children. I would recommend this book to teachers who have students in the first few years of school, to learn and review colors.
Latosha Finch
This book is for a beginning or struggling reader. Most pages have three to four words per page. The words are written in the color that the text is referring to. This can assist multilingual students while reading. The pictures also coincide with the colors. There is also repetition in the text. Students can write about their favorite color and name their favorite objects or things that are that color.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I love the pictures but unfortunately the text just isn't that much fun to read aloud. The super saturated primary colors look great with the blacks, greys, and bits of brown and contrasted again the bold white background. excellent use of composition and space too, with the track always in the same spot and the train moving "along" it and even off the page. Very smart and rather sophisticated for a simple looking book.
Kaylin Marton
Freight Train had beautiful illustrations that looked like a rainbow and blurred a wonderful color palette together as the train continued going faster. This horizontal book showed the movement of the train and the color coordination with literal colors and words or colors was a nice way to help children learn to read. I did not like all the smoke, showing how we are polluting our cities, however I enjoyed the book.
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