You can get this one as a hardcover, as a paperback and in two different board book formats. The first version of this book shows the cars of the train. They are different colors and this book can definitely be used to teach color. In the second version of the board book, you can actually slide the pages open to see what might be INSIDE each car. It's a classic. This book was the recipient of the 1979 Caldecott Honors award.
26 pages 978-0688149000 Ages 2-5
Keywords: trains, colors, interactive, Read aloud to 2's, 3's, 4's, Caldecott picture book, toddler, preschooler, transportation
Red caboose at the back, orange tank car, green cattle car, purple box car, black tender and a black steam engine . . . freight train.
In simple, powerful words and vibrant illustrations, Donald Crews evokes the rolling wheels of that childhood favorite: a train. This board book features sturdy pages and is just the right size for little hands.
This Calecott Honor Book features bright colors and bold shapes. Even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he or she has watched a freight train passing after reading Freight Train.
Donald Crews used childhood memories of trains seen during his travels to his grandparents' farm in the American South as the inspiration for this timeless favorite.---from the publisher
Editor's note: Inside Freight Train is the version of this book that allows the reader to slide open the doors of the train cars to see what is inside!