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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  592 ratings  ·  106 reviews
A night train, a freight train, a high-speed train. Racing across the country, from coast to coast. All aboard!

Climb aboard a red-striped Commuter Train in the East. Switch to a blue Passenger Train rolling through midwestern farmland. Then hop on a Freight Train, soar over mountains on an Overnight Train, and finish on a High-Speed Train as it races to the West Coast.Trai
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Orchard Books
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Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Train Lovers / Elisha Cooper Fans
Shelves: picture-books, trains
Picture-book author and illustrator Elisha Cooper takes readers on a cross-country journey in this lovely title, following a series of trains as they make their various journeys across their respective sections of the United States. Beginning with a Commuter Train leaving an eastern city, the narrative then switches to an inter-city Passenger Train headed for the Midwest. Next comes a Freight Train crossing the Great Plains, an Overnight Train running through the Rockies, and finally, a High Spe ...more
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Before the Librarian Book Group, I would have found this book very adequate. But now I'm pickier. In this book we travel across the country on different trains: commuter rail, passenger train, freight train, overnight train, and high-speed train.

My first problem was that there were recognizable details in the book (Chicago, for instance) and yet a refusal to name the towns. Also, I feel uncomfortable if I can't identify the time period and until we got to the high-sp
I was a bit underwhelmed by this one, and I believe my son felt the same. It looked promising, in fact I really loved the cover, and it contains a lot of information about the workings/traveling of a train. But for some reason my son didn't really feel like dwelling on that, so we sort of rushed through the book for once. And, I'm not quite sure what it was about it that didn't grab us. Maybe the pictures just felt bland. They're fine, don't get me wrong (I still think the cover is amazing), jus ...more
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
The soft watercolor and pencil illustrations lovingly depict various types of trains as they move from one side of the country to the other. Readers will enjoy traveling along with Commuter Trains and Passenger Trains, each with their own distinct appearance and function. As the trains head west, their passengers may see a Freight Train, an Overnight Train, and a High-Speed Train as well as some lovely scenery outside the trains' windows. While I loved the artwork and the detail lavished on the ...more
It amuses me that this book takes place in the USA, considering how poor our rail infrastructure is compared to other developed nations. The pictures are beautiful and there is just the right amount of information. By the end I felt nostalgic for Europe and their fabulous trains system...particularly Germany.
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Elisha Cooper's watercolor and pencil illustrations are stunning. Combine these with his sensory text and you have a masterpiece. he has captured the essence of trains, the sights, sounds and smells, perfectly.

My full review:
Edward Sullivan
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A surprisingly quite, almost serene, tribute to train travel. Perfect for train aficionados, young and old.
Natalie Hoist
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It gave a lot of different facts about trains. It would be a great book to read if students are interested about how trains work. This book had beautiful illustrations and was filled with fun facts about trains. I would recommend this book for an upper elementary classroom.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-and-g
This book differed from a lot of train books we've been reading because it's a bit more about a cross-country journey & less about a train itself (although there is still a good amount of explanation). As an adult, I really enjoyed the breakdown of different parts of a long train trip, but it would probably be better to revisit with older (>2 yrs) kids. ...more
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
For the train enthusiasts, big and small. The illustrations are beautiful and more realistic than a lot of kids' train picture books, so even big train fans will enjoy it. It's all about a cross-continental train trip via several train types and lines. Could be pulled out for a train storytime or a general travel theme (maybe at the start of summer vacation?). ...more
Cathy Sheetz
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A modern picture book about trains and traveling cross country by train.

Great book for classroom library if you have student who likes trains. I would use it in a K-3rd grade library. It could also be used in a younger elementary lesson, such as K to 2nd grade about transportation. This would also work well as a mentor text for writing informational text for grades 3rd through 5th.
Carla Hosein
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: with-kallan
The author includes different types of trains in what amounts to a trip across the whole US. I found this really informative and clever. A fun book for a train-loving kid that a parent won't mind reading over and over again. ...more
Eva Seyler
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this story, that seamlessly transitions from talking about one type of train to another and has great illustrations to boot.
Fahd Khan
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not just a kids book, but a beautiful poem. Would work as a kid friendly coffee table book.
Lynn  Davidson
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautiful book about trains - commuter, passenger, freight, overnight, high speed. Interesting.
Kris Patrick
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Trains are a divisive! topic! in the community where I teach. I read with plan to add as a resource for our K-5 SS units of study. Ehhh book not much of a conversation starter
Julia Crainshaw
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful illustrations take the reader on a cross-country journey on several different trains.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2019
Cute picture book about different kinds of trains taking a journey across the United States from NYC to San Francisco.
Janeen Kime
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I just read it toy almost 4 year old. He loved it. It brought up great memories of train rides throughout my life. Highly recommend!
Danielle Robertson
Mar 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Not really a fan of the blurry art. And the words couldn't keep my 2 years old interested-and he loves trains! He enjoyed the different color trains but wouldn't let me read all the words. ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very well thought out book on trains. I loved paintings, lots of little details. Very comprehensive book. I can spend good 20 min with my son going through all the details.
Hannah Marshall
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel that this is a fun way to approach an Informational book. It gives great information about different types of trains and where each of those types usually go but it isn’t set like informational books can easily become. I love how it goes through different parts of the US. I can see young boy readers enjoying this book. I would definitely include this in my future classroom library.

Genre: Informational
Reading level: 5-6
Richie Partington
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks, ps
Richie's Picks: TRAIN by Elisha Cooper, Orchard, September 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-545-38495-7

"One day the engineer wanted a bite to eat
He left the monkey sitting in the driver's seat
The monkey pulled the throttle, the locomotion jumped the gun
Doing 90 miles an hour down the main line run"
-- Jesse Fuller, "The Monkey and the Engineer (1961)

"As the commuter train waits, another train roars past on another track. A larger train. A bright blue Passenger Train hurrying between cities. The train i
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Join the trains as they cross the United States in this fast-moving picture book. Start on the platform with the conductors and passengers. Then the doors whoosh shut and “All aboard” and we are off. First the train is near the city, then it’s quickly out into the countryside. The Commuter Train stops at the next station. Then the story switches to a Passenger Train with an enormous engine and readers get to see inside the engineer’s cab with all of the levers. The train crosses the countryside ...more
Ziwei Cheng
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is talking about a train in a journey. Namely, it is about what happened inside the train, out side the train, around the train, and what the train has been through. Since it departed from the station, the train has been to a lot of places. This train looked at the outside world using its own eyes. For example, the train saw sky, mountains, animals, rail roads, people, other trains and stations. It had been through a really beautiful journey.

I really like this book since this book use
Samantha Tai
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2013
I told a co-worker that I loved this book so much that I was going to marry it. I never would have thought it would be possible to love a book of trains so much.

The book begins as a Commuter Train gets ready to leave the station and continues as a Passenger Train, crossing a valley of fields and steeples. As the train approaches the city, it becomes a Freight Train, filled with "steel, concrete, oil, wheat, corn and timber." The Freight Train crosses the country, rolling past wheat and prairie g
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Travel by train in this book full of watercolor and pencil illustrations that detail everything about the journey. I loved all the private views the reader is treated to that a passenger might miss out on like what it looks like from the engineer's perspective.

My favorite portions of the journey were the dining and sleeping cars. Travel by train just seems so much more romantic than travel by many other means. The romanticism of it all is very palpable here and yet the book does a great job of
Benjamin Orr
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Train" is an interesting children's book as there isn't really much of a story, but rather an explanation. As the title goes, the explanation is about the journey of a train and all the places it goes and what the people on it do and see. It's interesting in a time where trains aren't really used as much for transportation of people, so it's a bit refreshing to see something like this for children.

What's neat about "Train" is how the illustrator added in real life places like Chicago and New Yo
Eva Kelly
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
So this is about a GREAT THING that I always just FORGET about until we're gonna GO someplace in one, and that's the TRAIN. And that thing comes to Waterbury every day and you know what? If you REALLY wanna see it, you need to go to White River Junction, because they have a LOT of old trains there. And those ones go to New York and Philadelphia to see MIMI!!!
I bet there's one that goes to Boston but we haven't been on that one yet.
And we never went on the one in this book either. It goes all the
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of Elisha Cooper's picture books--I love the quiet rhythm to them. With a book like Locomotive getting so much attention (and which I also enjoyed--I'm a Floca fan, too!), I was curious to see if this book would hold up.

My kids actually liked this book better than Locomotive. But the two books are hard to compare. Cooper gives us a panoramic look at all different kinds of trains as they criss cross their way across the country. Great perspective in the art, good onomatopoeia in the tex
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