Trains Go

Trains Go

What I love about Steve Light’s board book TRAINS GO is two-fold: action and sound. I love the trim size which is six inches high and twelve inches long. When you open up the book you have a two-page spread that is six inches high and two feet long. This gives lots of room for trains to go whooooooooooshing by. Real action! We do like our choo-choo noises, and TRAINS GO is a grand feast of onomatopoeia. This is all about the sounds of trains: “The freight train goes, SQUEAK CLANG TING BING BING BING!” “The mountain train goes, TRIP TRAP FUFF PUFF TRIP TRAP FUFF PUFF TRIP TRAP FUFF PUFF!” The diesel train goes, “ZOOOSH ZOOOSH ZOOOOOOOSH DING DING DING!” I can’t really do justice to the text here, because the letters that form these sounds are an integral part of the illustrations and of the movement of the trains from left to right across each of the two-page spreads. Therefore, the book does in spades one of those things that we hope to accomplish in a board book: the teaching of infants and toddlers how a book works and how we turn pages from right to left. I don’t know what it is with us boys, our trains, and our train noises, but this is a great one that really young kids are going to adore. Recommended by: Richie Partington, MLIS, Librarian, California USA Richie's Picks _http://richiespicks.com_ (http://richiespicks.com/) [email protected]

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