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Trains Don't Sleep

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Puffing, chuffing, never yawning 
Climbing hills as day is dawning. 
Trains don’t sleep, they 
CLANG and HOOT Cross bridges and canyons, plow through snow, charge down mountains, and meander across fields filled with sheep. And when it is time to rest and dreams are just ahead, never fear—trains don’t sleep so that you can.

With the feel of a classic and vivid artwork that 
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

We liked this children's book with the gorgeous painted illustrations that educates little ones about different types of trains and all things related to them, all told in rhyme. Includes a glossary with pictures about the words which might be new to children. I won this copy in a giveaway-- thank you!
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This has wonderful illustrations. I would highly recommend this one to those who have a soft spot for trains. Well done!
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this except for the six-page diversion to the circus in the middle that didn't really belong- it took me out of the story, made me wonder if I missed something, and felt forced or added for "child-appeal" or some other such misguided purpose... ...more
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First sentence: Trains are humming, coming near, coupled cars from front to rear. Rumbling, grumbling, screech and squeal, rolling, trolling wheels on steel.

Premise/plot: Do you have a little one with a one-track mind? If you have a train-loving little one, this is a must. I wouldn't go so far as to say it is exactly a day-in-the-life of a train. But. It comes close to being just that. The book begins and ends with dawn approaching.

My thoughts: This train book reads like a poem. And I mean that
Jason Chin
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Young train fanatics will love the lovely rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations in this book. As the book opens, two children children meet on a passenger train. The text then introduces the reader to a several different trains and a variety of train cars, while the illustrations take the reader through snow storms, canyons and to the circus. In the end, the two sleepy children depart, but the trains roll on, because "trains don't sleep." ...more
Diana Murray
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great rhythm and rhyme make this so fun to read. Features everything to love about trains, from bridges ("trains are not afraid of heights"--love that) to interesting cargo. The illustrated glossary in the back is a wonderful bonus. ...more
Kat Harrison
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
If the sweeping oil paintings from Deidre Gill don't draw you in immediately (they will, though, I promise), Rosenbaum's rumble-tumble of rhyming verse will certainly do the trick. "Trains Don't Sleep" is a picture book meant for the locomotive lovers in your life. The glossary in the back is a great educational touchpoint, too. ...more
Ms Threlkeld
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Freight trains, stock cars, boxcars too, who wants to learn about trains? I do, I do! This lushly illustrated rhyming picture book will be read again and again by children who are fascinated by trains. Those who aren't interested in locomotives will pass this book by and may become disengaged if used as a read aloud in the library. This would be a great resource for primary classroom teachers doing a unit on trains, but I'm not sure that is part of any curriculum. Add it to your collection if yo ...more
The tracks are miles away from my home but not so far I can't hear the whistle blow as it speeds by a crossing late at night. As I stand and stroll in my backyard with my canine companion listening to the sound, memories stir. A little girl is putting together the tracks so her new train set can run around the Christmas tree, counting the cars between the mighty engine and the caboose as she waits in the back seat of her parent's green Chevrolet, sitting on the seat of a small train taking her t ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Rosenbaum, Andria. Trains Don’t Sleep, illustrated by Deirdre Gill. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. $16.99. Content: G. PICTURE BOOK.
Beautiful descriptive language and excellent rhyme and meter make this train book steam ahead of the rest. A great book to read aloud with sentences like, “Rumbling, grumbling, screech and squeal, / Rolling, trolling wheels on steel.” The train reaches the station in a busy city and a little girl in a yellow dress climbs aboard. The train travels far over the trac
Kathryn (Dragon Bite Books)
Review originally posted on my blog, Nine Pages .

This was the surprise winner of our story time, my favorite for that week (which included The Napping House and two Margaret Wise Brown books) and the favorite of one the little girls who is one of my regulars. The story is rhythmic, musical, rhyming. The illustrations are beautiful, reminiscent of an older style of travel poster, soft and pastel but with contrast and creative angles. The book mentions different types of trains and train cars w
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
My SLJ review: Trains roll by throughout the seasons, at night and during the day, and set against backdrops that vary from nature scenes to urban settings. In the beginning, viewers see a passenger train followed by a freight train, a steam train, and even a circus train. Holding the random scenes together are a girl and a boy getting on at different stops, befriending each other during the ride, and waving goodbye as they part. The rhyming text is rich and rhythmic-"Rumbling, grumbling, screec ...more
Viviane Elbee
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
For train lovers, this is a great read. Rhythmic, rhyming text, big vocabulary words and gorgeous oil paintings - this train concept book can appeal to toddlers, preschoolers and elementary students.

The one thing that I think could have been done differently is the circus part - circus animals are disappearing from circuses and the inclusion of elephants, tigers and bears could make this book seem a little dated in a few years. However, as the circus is not the main focus of the book, I think ki
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
All Aboard! Young train fans will love reading this cross country express, featuring a variety trains doing various jobs. It's no wonder trains don't sleep. From cargo trains to passenger trains, trains are always on the go. TRAINS DON'T SLEEP is perfect for train lovers young and old. Also included in the back of the book is an illustrated train glossary. With rhythm, rhyme, and beautiful illustrations, this book is sure to be a bedtime favorite. Highly recommend picking this one up!

this is perfect for a train enthusiast, and fun for a read aloud book for all.

I like the poetry, which seems natural, not forced; the illustrations form an excellent background and also tell a bit of a story.

Many aspects of train travel are introduced, and there is an excellent sample of new vocabulary, such as trestle, canyon, trudge.

and a bonus, a bit of a "good night, time to go to bed." book

overall, a fine addition to a library, but especially for anyone who loves to read, or ride, train
Rhyming text describe a variety of trains, soft illustrations show the trains in a variety of settings such as country, rural, and city.
Provides lots of opportunities for discussion about how important trains are in many different ways.
Original glossary uses pictures and brief text to explain various trains and associated words, such as trestle and yard.
I wonder if there are any circus trains anymore, though!
Angie Quantrell
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This gorgeously illustrated picture book tells the tale of the work of trains. Through rhyme, Andria Rosenbaum shares the travels of different types of trains. I love the way TRAINS DON'T SLEEP shows a variety of landscapes and destinations for trains. The last page is a picture glossary listing train vocabulary. Young readers will LOVE this book (and learn a bit while they are reading it)! ...more
Aliza Werner
Gorgeously painted illustrations on canvas made me want to reach out and touch each page. Vehicle loving kiddos will enjoy each train's adventure. I wish the circus trains had not been included, or at the very least, not glorified the circus life of animals, especially since elephants have been retired and Barnum & Bailey is closing down. ...more
Barbara White
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read Trains Don't Sleep with my nephew. He loved the rhythm and illustrations. We both learned thing about trains. I highly recommend this book for youngsters, whether they read it themselves or it is read to them. I look forward to more books from this author. Thanks to Goodreads First Reads for a copy of Trains Don't Sleep. ...more
Patricia N. McLaughlin
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A must-read for little train lovers, featuring a rhyme scheme that imitates the clickety-clack of the locomotives, beautifully rendered illustrations of various types of trains in a variety of settings, a helpful glossary of railroad terms, and a bonus bedtime-story ending; the odd circus tour digression briefly derails the story, however, subtracting a fifth star.
I'm tough on train books because Mister is such a fan; I think we will have a struggle when this is read to him. The illustrations are lovely (set in the 1950s? definitely not the here and now), the rhymes are okay, the interlude with the circus feels forced and a tiny bit strange, and the glossary at the back was a nice touch. All in all though I couldn't make myself bump it up to 3 stars. ...more
Kristina Jean Lareau
One of the best train books of recent memory--oil illustrations and couplets make this book feel sleepy, but still pushes the story and train forward as its title suggests.

My only quibble is that horrible font on the front cover.
Shellie Taylor
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This is such a cute book!!! It actually teaches kids about different types of trains and cars and their purpose. A great learning tool with beautiful illustrations and a cute rhyming story to go with them.
Juliana Lee
The rhythm of the text makes you feel like you're reading on a train. The illustrations capture each mood perfectly. Glossary at the end of the book gives more information about train related vocabulary for the train novice. ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this was an engaging story that told the uses and parts of a train by using a fun rhyme scheme. There is a helpful glossary in the back for readers who aren't as familiar with trains. The illustrations are beautiful too. ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Young train lovers will enjoy this book! The illustrations are wonderful and full of little details. Parents or care givers can go to last page of book and point out train cars the child will be interested in learning about, too. Then re-read the book and look for those cars! So fun!
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I will have to read this one again before I review it. I don't remember much about the story and my son didn't seem impressed enough to read it again. I'll read it before I send it back to the library and edit my review if necessary. ...more
Emily Garrett
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el-ed-340
For children that are train lovers this book is a must have! This book includes lots of different facts about trains in a fun, whimsical, and not overly instructive way. The pictures in this book are gorgeous. I gave my nephew this book and he wants to read it over and over again.
Picture Book
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a gorgeous book! The rhyming text flows easily and the art is breathtaking. Train lovers will adore "going along for the ride." A truly lovely book for readers of all ages! ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A beautiful rhyming book about trains.
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