Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Freight Train by Donald Crews

This simple book can be used for small children for many purposes, the first being to discover color. Each part of the train from the engine to the caboose has a different color and is introduced alone. The second purpose is to explore the majesty of a train leaving its station and traveling over bridges, through the country and into the city. I read this so many times that the pages of our book fell apart and we no longer have this one. As my first two were boys, this small and simple transportation book became a well loved favorite. Allow your child to take a journey on a train and through this book feel the wind, hear the noise of train tracks and experience the exhilaration of a train ride.


  1. This book is a treasure and one that my children and grandchildren enjoyed. Very worthwhile reading to toddlers.

  2. I love this book! I was a bit perplexed, at first, to learn that it is a Caldecott honor book. After really looking at it, I came to understand why it holds this honor. The airbrushed images are so simple yet so powerful. They work very well with the text. And the story, although short, is straightforward, but surprisingly clever. This is a fabulous book for young children!