Age Range: 5 to 8
Examines different kinds of trains, past and present, describing their features and functions.
From The Critics
Some books view train travel with a nostalgic eye; Gibbons gives readers a look at an obviously contemporary industry. She names the many kinds of cars and the various uses they have, explains how train personnel work together and shows potential passengers what to expect on board. Her characteristically clear pictures offer many perspectives and engaging scenes. Among the straightforward information she includes are some of the things that every reader relates tofor example, one of the best things about trains is watching them go by, and waving at them. Ages 4-8. (April)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Another fine, boldly illustrated concept book from Gibbons. The author's familiar illustrations in bright, primary colors with crisp, geometric lines will appeal to young eyes, particularly with their neat border of white ``track.'' The text is spare and accurate in its description of different kinds of trains, past and present, and how they work. The final page gives signs and signals related to trains. Gibbons has a knack for discerning what's important to young readers and presenting it in a manner of interest to them. The cover illustration of a huge engine looming high above heightens the sense of a child's perspective in the illustrations. Trains , with its colorful appeal and accurate content, is an example of how information can best be presented to young readers. Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, Maine