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Freight Train

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  9,533 ratings  ·  331 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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Jamie
A fun book for really young children (3 or under). Very simple, no real plot but lots of fun sound effects you can make and very colorful illustrations of the train. can be used as a way of color recognition. even the younger children seemed bored of this one fairly quickly. 2.5 stars.
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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Farrah
Surprisingly magical. It could be my penchant for the rainbow color-scale, but I thought this was well done. Though it is a simple narrative, it is not an easy one. The train is introduced, piece by piece, with a juxtaposing picture suggesting the utilitarian function of said train-piece. This is the win concerning the marriage of words and pictures. And as for the words, they move as the train moves. They get faster and slower with the locomotive through tunnels and crossing trestles. The way w ...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
Michelle McBeth
I sometimes wonder what the Caldecott criteria is for giving out book medals. This book had so much promise but I didn't feel it delivered. The concept was awesome. It teaches about the names of different train cars. It teaches color. It teaches perspective and movement. But the book is only 20 pages long and has only a few words. I felt like the book wasn't supposed to be finished yet. Like it needed 10 or 20 more pages to be complete. And what age would this be appropriate for? Learning about ...more
Alicia Singleton
This book is great for young readers, especially those who like trains. The bright colors of the cars and the text can be used to help young children identify the different colors. Each page features a different part of the freight train in a bright color. The names of the different cars of the train are given, so young train lovers will be able to recognize them when they see a real freight train. They learn about the engine and tender, a hopper car, a tanker car, a flat car, and so on all the ...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
Paxton
This is a cute book that is for a very young age such as preschoolers. It is a fictional book that has very few words. The whole book is about a train with different colored cars. It points out each and every color and then tells what the name of the car is. Then the train continues on its tracks. It goes through cities, in tunnels, on treeless and keeps going, going until it is gone. There are ways that readers can read this out loud to the children to make it more fun and interactive. An activ ...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 that’s 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 th ...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
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Jennifer Parrish
Donald Crews does a great job of teaching children the concept of freight trains in this picture book. He does this in very few words however, each word in this book has a lot of meaning. Each of the cars on the train are separated into color and they all have different names. He goes through the names of each and then tells where trains travel to. He says they travel through tunnels and through cities and they move fast. On the page where he says they move fast, the illustrations show the train ...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
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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
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Margaret
We read this in our The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud and this is one that did not translate well to a compact version in the way they did it with three original pages per page. One the illustrations are small and two it makes it too much; too much color and too much distraction for a little person to take in while reading about the train cars and colors.

What I do see about the illustrations is that they are great and vibrant. A fun story to work
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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
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