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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Freight Train is an interactive version of the classic 1978 Caldecott Honors-winning picture book by Donald Crews. In the slim and simple book, kids are introduced to the different cars on a freight train, and then get to watch the train go. The app allows readers to interact with each of the cars. The original book is geared toward toddlers and preschoolers, and the app suits these demographics well. Note that the train songs that are sung in the background throughout can be turned off by tapping the music note at the bottom of the screen.
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Is it any good?
The developers of the FREIGHT TRAIN app were wise not to go overboard with high-tech bells and whistles. The simplicity of the original book -- in both its spare text and clean, uncluttered artwork -- is what made it a classic. Here, kids get neat little extras, like the ability to open the door of the stock car and find cows inside or the chance to release water from the tank car. And they get to see the train zip along in full motion animation at the end. Very nicely done.
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