Reviews for Freight Train
Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 December 2000
Ages 1-3. One of the best designed board books to come along in quite a while, this makes Crews' classic picture book Freight Train (1978) interactive by letting children open certain cars to peek at what's inside. This is no lift-the-flap (and eventually rip-it-off) book. Every other page is twice as thick and split in the middle, allowing the outside half of the page to slide sideways (as the doors slide on the box car of a train) to reveal another, smaller page inside, on which the car's contents are shown. Most train books, even picture books about trains, have a text that's too long for the attention span of the two-and three-year-olds who usually request them. Here the text is simple, with phrases that can become a question-and-answer game. On one page the text begins, "The purple box car carries . . ." When the car is slid open, it continues "toys and books." By the second reading, even toddlers will be finishing the line, or at least taking charge by pulling the door open to find the answer. Given the perennial appeal of trains for young children, the fun of sliding the doors, and the satisfaction young children take in revealing what is hidden, this little book really delivers. A "second generation" board book that isn't a diminished version of the original picture book, but rather a playful first step for younger children. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Spring
In this bilingual edition, Crews's clean design leaves plenty of room for the addition of well-translated Spanish phrases alongside the original English. The result is right on track, with the Spanish text looking as if it were always there. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Fall
Half of the pages in this board book slide open to reveal the contents of some of the cars in Donald Crews's well-known Freight Train--a load of books and toys in the purple box car, the train crew in the caboose, etc. Unfortunately, the movable parts are not sturdy enough, and board book readers will soon destroy the delicate engineering. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Publishers Weekly Reviews 1992 October #1
Presented in blocks of brilliant colors, the multihued train in this Caldecott Honor book undertakes a dazzling journey before disappearing from the final page. Ages 2-up. (Sept.) Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2001 February #3
In Donald Crews's Inside Freight Train, a board book based on the Caldecott Honor book Freight Train, children can slide open the doors of each train car. Inside, the pages explain what usually travels on a freight train, "like toys and books,/... / apples and peaches and pears/ cold and fresh." This twist on an old favorite is sure to be a hit. ( Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2003 December
PreS-Gr 2-This simple but stylish Spanish translation of Crews's 1979 Caldecott Honor Book retains its freshness and child appeal. A multicolored freight train comes down the track. Each car is named from the back forward, with its appropriate color: red caboose, orange tank car, yellow hopper car, etc., until the black engine is reached. The train moves faster, through cities, tunnels, night and day, faster and faster until it is gone. The clear, graphic art illustrations convey utility and, as the train goes faster and the illustrations blur, the very essence of speed. As strong in the bilingual edition as it is in its English-only original, this is ideal for introducing trains, colors, and the concept of fast and slow to preschool and early elementary students, and perfect for ELL programs. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.