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Freight Train

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  10,832 ratings  ·  353 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.
Beth Sniffs Books
I really don’t know when or how kids become enamored with trains. Trains are from DAYS OF YORE and are not commonplace. Not having kiddos myself, I do wonder if parents take their own kiddos on some kind of pilgrimage (or rite of passage) for their first glimpse (or even ride!!!) on a train — perhaps at a fair, festival, or national park. But I also wonder if maybe the first time kids see a train is inside the pages of a book and that is where they learn that the sound of a train goes “chugga ch ...more
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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Daniel Zielske
This book is for the younger kids and was a favorite when my son was younger. Very simple is the tale of a train, the colors of the cars and the movement of the train, but the illustrations are stunning. Graphically cool.
Sonia
preschool book that doesn't really have much to read about.
Abbie Shawano
I thought that this book could be especially appealing to beginning readers. The easy words, bright pictures, and open white spaces could really draw a younger reader in. I thought that this book was great in using easy, repetitive words for beginning readers. I think that the book is appropriately challenging and would bring encouragement and confidence to a beginning reader, knowing they could finish a book successfully on their own.
The genre of this book is fiction, because it is about a trai
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Vincent Meyers
The Caldecott award winner "Freight Train" by Donald Crews is a story about how freight trains operate. "Freight Train" begins with describing all of the different types of cars that make up a train. Some of the different types of cars include a hopper car, tank car, cattle car, box car, and gondola car. Additionally, all the different cars have separate colors. A few of the colors include red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. After all of the cars are connected, the freight train begins ...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
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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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Jo
A freight train made up of simple shapes and colors runs through this book, blurring as it races past cities, through tunnels, across trestles, and disappears from sight.

I loved the simplicity of this book. Each car is painted a different basic color, which would lend itself well to interacting with children who are learning their colors. The text is minimal, but satisfying. Most of the objects are very symmetrical and composed of basic shapes, except for the billowy train smoke that trails thr
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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
Cynthia Trueworthy
Freight Train is a color concept book that uses interesting blending of colors. The illustrations are appropriate for any first or second grade level reader. The movement of words through the story is also beautiful. As I am reading this story, as simple as it is, I feel like I am on a train chugging along. This makes a great color concept book because all the cars of the train are different colors of the rainbow, with the color word on top of it. The illustrations make it easier for children to ...more
Carmen Nibali
“Freight Train” by Donald Crews. This is a fun picture book for children. The suggested age for this book is two to four. This award winning (Caldecott Honor) book is full of simple pages with bright colors of a train. The freight train in the story is racing through tunnels and under bridges. The illustrations show the freight train as a blur when it’s traveling fast and it looks like a rainbow. Young children love this book and this book can be used to teach transportation and colors. Each par ...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
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