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I Love Trains!

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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  675 ratings  ·  46 reviews
A follow-up to the successful I Love Trucks!, this rhymed picture book introduces the preschool set to trains and the jobs they do.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 24th 2001 by HarperCollins
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Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
The art is... lazy, flat, and boring. The rhymes are really forced and "secret stuff that's under wrap" is just totally meaningless to a little kid. wtf? ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This was the perfect book to introduce our "train" themed story time for pre-schoolers. The sparse text has elements of rhyme and just enough story to hold little one's attention.

The performer began by saying "I love hotdogs", anticipating some in the crowd to correct her by saying "trains!", which did happen in one session. However, in the first session someone in the crowd said, "me too!". So the performer said, "I love airplanes". More agreement from the crowd. Finally we all settled on "trai
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I love trains so we thought I would love this book but it's just ok. Mom thinks it is fun to read because of the way it rhymes. But I don't understand most of the things that are on this train and instead I mostly just point at the animals and say chooo choooooo! And there is an airplane on the train but they don't call it that for some reasons. ...more
Sturges, known for his simple, yet effective, storybooks, does it again in this book about trains. The end pages include info regarding the different types of train cars and the story explains the different products a train might carry. Fantastic for train enthusiasts.

Highly recommended for storytime.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book for toddlers and babies with it's clean, bright, engaging illustrations and sparse text. And you learn what a train does in a straightforward way. ...more
Miss Sarah
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A simple toddler and up book about all things trains. very easy to follow and cute
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute kids’ book but not much substance to it.
Cheyenne Cortesi
This is a cardstock book for beginning kindergartners and is a total of twenty-eight pages. This story is about a little boy likes to watch trains pass and note the differences. He loves the last train best. This book does a great job of keeping the terminology simplistic for the reader. It also is created in such a way for the students to be able to hold the book well. This book does lack some sort of lesson to the story, however. This book can be used in the classroom to teach students on how ...more
Apr 30, 2009 rated it liked it
A classmate brought this book in as part of her Literacy History presentation on her daughters. I gave this a read through because it was short and had huge print, but also because I think of a friend's half brother whenever I see train stuff for little boys. This would be a great book to teach about trains or to keep a child who already loved trains entertained. The front and back pages identify the parts of a train, but the bulk of the book reviews the info some and the ending is cute. ...more
Here is yet another train book my son picked out at the library. It's not my favorite of the many, many train books we have read this year, but it is cute enough. After just a couple of readings my son can sort of "read" it to me, which is sweet. The pictures are colorful and clear. I think the end where the dad is on the caboose is a little strange as far as storybook twists go, but my son likes looking at the pictures of the family, so whatever. ...more
Samantha Penrose
Feb 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
This book is filled with bold, colorful illustrations and very basic but informative text. Learn about the different cars of the train and what purpose they serve.
A good storytime book for little ones, also a good book for emergent readers as its short, simple, easy to memorize, and has lots of picture clues.
Sha-Quita Jordan
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: things-that-go
This book was a great book. It should be read to kindergartners or first grade. A boy expresses his love of trains, describing many kinds of train cars and their special jobs. I recommend this book because it speaks about the special jobs for flat, hopper, and box cars. Also the illustrations are in bright colors.
Joann Aubain
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought this book was ok. Not as engaging as I would like to think. However, it is very informative on different types of trains and their functions. This would be a great book if you have a theme of Vehicles or trucks.

The learning experience would be to have children in describe trains from their experience and engage the children in identifying their functions.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
A rhyming story about all of the different things trains carry.

Illustrations are colorful and detailed and make it a good read aloud selection. The different cars of a train are featured on the inside front and back covers and explain what each car is designed to haul.

A good introductory title about trains and one that incites interest in the subject.
Bethany Erickson
There is really an art to writing and illustrating children's books. It's pretty apparent when neither nail it in a book. The illustrations are by far better than the writing. All the same, not well thought out, and what if your dad doesn't work on one? I read the first lines of this "Trains, trains, trains, I love trains." and my daughter throws the book. ...more
A cute book about trains and what each car on the train does. Some hold animals, some people, some food, but they all hold things that people love.

Good book to introduce children early about trains and transporation.
Jan 27, 2013 added it
Shelves: e-books, m-books
My 2 year old loved this book so much, he cried when I had to return it to the library. It has cute illustrations and non-technical train terminology. It is endearing that the boy likes trains so much because his Dad is a train conductor. Looks like we'll be buying this one. ...more
This was a cute but very simple book about a young boy who loves trains, not only the different parts of the train, but also because his daddy works in the caboose of on. I like the brightly colored blocky illustrations, which are perfect for toddlers. Recommended for ages 2-6, 3 stars.
Jennifer Heise
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beekman
Ok, so we love "I love trucks!" more than this one (we've been reading that from ages 2 to 5 with my boy), but this definitely has same charm and rollicking repetition. A good choice for train-themed activities or to share with young train enthusiasts. ...more
Hockey Mama
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cute for a 4yr old train lover.
He loved looking at all the different cars of the train.
Simple sentences, quick read.
Looked back at the pictures when the story was finished, and slept with the book.
Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Lincoln LOVES trains, so we read this book about 50 times! He LOVED it, and can read it over and over to me! We got it from the library, and I would suggest it if anyones children love trains!
Dylan Reisz
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
I actually like this book more than mommy. I like it for the train pictures. The story itself is really pretty tepid and uninteresting.
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dirk-s, childern
Gives you and overview of trains. Dirk's personal favorite. ...more
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it
The children love this book
Annalee T
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Isaac can actually "read" some of the pages! I LOVE this book! ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Read at Preschool Story Time on 5/4/12:
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Rhyming cadence is a little off, but train fanatics will like it.
Bold colorful illustrations with rhyming short text. A little boy observes the train that passes by his house.
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Little dude loves trains (and other vehicles) so he enjoyed this very simple book.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a great title for a train-themed storytime! Always love these Shari Halpern illustrations.
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Philemon E. Sturges was an architect and author based in Rhode Island. He trained at Princeton University. He wrote children's books from 1995 until his death in 2005. ...more

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