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Freight Train Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-03 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 339 user ratings
ISBN:068880165X
LANGUAGE:English

"First sentence: A train runs across this track. Red caboose at the back. Orange tank car next. Yellow hopper car.

Premise/plot: Freight Train is a concept book teaching colors, a train-themed concept book teaching colors. It received a Caldecott Honor in 1979, I believe. If I had to guess the most memorized picture book ever, I bet it would be Freight Train or Goodnight Moon. What do you think it would be?

My thoughts: What's not to love about this children's classic? It wasn't the first train book, it certainly won't be the last. What is it about kids and trains?!

Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10
" said.

"• 1979 Caldecott Honor Book •

Wow! Why didn't this win the Caldecott??? Everything about this book is stunning. I can't get over the art which looks computer generated, but nope - it was made in 1978 and according to what I've read, Donald Crews used stencils and blocks of color. I'm in awe at his meticulousness. Also, I really love the use of Helvetica - it's perfect. The words are supposed to be read, but also fade in the background, which is exactly what happens. What an amazing book!

Materials used: stencils and blocks of color
Typeface used: Helvetica
" said.

"This is a simple yet informative book about a freight train. This book is helpful for young children to learn about primary colors and different types of basic railroad cars. The book's minimalist feeling allows the reader to appreciate the colors and the traditional drawing of the freight train. The story is told in a poetic, rhythmic style which helps hold a young reader's attention. The story basically lists the color and type of each railroad car on each page, yet the simplicity of the pages allows the reader to use their imagination which is helpful for young readers. The author wrote several children's books before he wrote Freight Train, however it was the book that won him the Caldecott Honor in 1978. The book is sturdy and fairly large, the pages are thick, and the colors are fully saturated which make for an accurate example of primary colors. I recommend this book for young children that are learning their colors. The reading is easy and since there are only a few words per page, it allows the young reader to follow along and learn the words along with the colors. Also, young readers will enjoy the rhythm, tone, and flow of the author which should hold their attention." said.

" For those little kids who enjoy trains this will be a fun and good book for them as it explores not only what we consider the main colors but also parts that make-up a working train as passenger coaches don't seem to be included.

The writing itself is very simple and in most senses wouldn't equal a story as it gives the colored train parts then explains what it is like for a train as it travels. The end is also not as climatic since the author just seems to make it end by vanishing but that is definitely how most trains work give or take if you don't include the destination end.

The illustrations are just like the rest of the book. The illustrations are magnified and set in the midst of the page so that the reader knows exactly what is going on while not being distracted by too much other details. What makes this book most enchanting for me is the blended colors once the train picks up in the speed but not all the colors vanish.

All in all it is a nice enjoyable read for young train fans and those wanting to learn more on either color or trains. And it can most definitely be an interactive book if you want to throw in a few train sounds as the train gets started on its track.
" said.

"Donald Crews’ Freight Train is a great concept book, primarily about identifying colors. The book also introduces the concepts of stationary versus moving objects, night versus day, and city versus rural. Crews uses a freight train to tell the story and introduce the concepts, which is simply brilliant because what could be more fun for young readers than reading about a train? The text is mostly easy to read vocabulary words, but there are some more challenging words that a beginning or emergent reader may be unfamiliar with such as “gondola” and “trestles”. The illustrations mirror the text to show the reader what the color and object described in the text look like. For example, the text “a red caboose at the back” is supported by an illustration of a red caboose at the back of the train. If used as a read-aloud, the reader could point to the red caboose as they read the line of text so that audio/visual learners could associate the sight of the red caboose with the words they hear. A parent or teacher could even use the illustrations alone to ask the child (or children) to identify the color of each train car. When the train is moving along the track the illustrations of the train are blurred to imply that the train is in motion, but the train cars and their colors are still visible. I do not know if it was intentional or not, but the order in which the train car colors are presented allows for introduction of the concept of blending colors. For example, the green car is in between the yellow and blue cars and the orange car is in between the red and yellow cars. When combined, yellow and blue make green, red and yellow make orange. Discussion of this concept may be for advanced readers, but it is a way to differentiate instruction with this book. This book would be great for pre-K and kindergarten beginning and emerging readers, as well as those students learning about the primary and secondary colors. " said.

" Simple text and illustrations. cute. " said.

" A great book for learning colors and loving freight trains. " said.

" I love the art style of this book and my little dude absolutely adores the content. He is obsessed with trains right now and loves to read along with me. " said.

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