cars, Trains

Trucker and Train By Hannah Stark

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Back of Book:
Trucker, the big rig, loves to rule the road with his size, strength, and mighty horn. The other vehicles swerve and shake as Trucker blasts past, expecting them to follow along in awe. Then Trucker meets the louder, stronger, and kinder Train. He sees how the other vehicles gleam and swoon when Train is around. And he wonders, Why don’t they ever gleam at me Trucker just wants Train to go away . . . until a broken railroad crossing signal changes everything. Can Trucker use his size and strength for the good of his fellow vehicles before it’s too late?
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from author Hannah Holt in exchange for an honest review.
Every year I have several students who are mildly obsessed with big trucks and or trains. They are going to be thrilled with this story. The story follows Trucker who is the leader of the road. He believes that he is the best until Train comes along. Trucker begins to feel inadequate until he realizes that he may be needed after all. I love the message that everyone brings something important to the table. This allows readers to recognize how important they are. The word choice and examples of onomatopoeia allow the text to be brought to life. I also loved the use of numbers within the pages. The illustrations by Bob Kolar are friendly and colorful! They bring the story to life. This is a perfect book to share at home or in the classroom.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Trains

The Littlest Train By Chris Gall

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Back of Book:
In a small room, down a short flight of stairs, there lives a little toy train…about to have a BIG adventure! There’s an endless world to explore, and awe-inspiring new friends to meet. Mighty Max, Chloe Cogs, Sara Speedster, and Farley Freighter can reach all the best sights, lickety-split. But when the day is done and the sun goes down, will the littlest train find his way home?
My Review:
My dad has always been a true train enthusiast. I grew up learning about and loving all things train related. When I picked up The Littlest Train I was amazed at the detail that creator Chris Gall put into this story. The story begins with a toy train slowly other trains are introduced as the story progresses. I love that the book discusses different trains from around the world. The illustrations are detailed and show readers the differences between the trains. I love that they were created using Adobe Creative Suite. The back of the book has a note from the author about the different types of trains. This story is a great read for anyone young or old who loves trains.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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