Freight Train

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Adaptation reflects simplicity of classic preschool book.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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Ease of Play

The app is super-easy to use, even for preschoolers.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

At the end of the story, there's a link you can tap to buy the book (the paper version).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySusan G. January 21, 2017

Does not load

I am sorry to report that based on my experience and reviews of other users, this app no longer works. Apparently the Devi have never upgraded it ti interface... Continue reading
Adult Written byAlicebluechgo August 26, 2014

Disappointed that it doesn't work

As a former librarian, I was excited that I could buy this for my granddaughter. I downloaded it, but it doesn.t work. Aargh! I know CommonSenseMedia made me pr... Continue reading
Kid, 3 years old June 26, 2011

For your train-obsessed little one.

It's a pretty good when you have a train-obsessed kid like mine. I like how it reads to you, and the colors and interactions you get on the train is prett... Continue reading

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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