A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Steam Train, Dream Train is a total fantasy, but it does show what a steam train looks and sounds like. Kids also learn train vocabulary as they see how cargo is loaded onto boxcars, flatbeds, "refer" (refrigerator) cars, the "autorack," and into gondolas, well cars, tankers, and the caboose -- all by a cheery animal crew!
Work can be fun when you do it with others. "The crew hops to it, one and all --/ they get to work and have a ball!"
Positive Role Models
The cheerful animal crew works quickly and efficiently and makes work look like fun.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Steam Train, Dream Train is another great bedtime book from the team that created Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. It's a rollicking fantasy of a peppy night crew of animals loading a steam train -- monkeys, elephants, kangaroos, polar bears, and more -- that ends safely back in the in the bedroom of a dreaming boy whose toy train set's on the floor below him. A wonderful choice for train lovers, animal fans, and anyone with an upbeat sense of humor.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful book for the younger set has the look and feel of a classic. It's fun to see the cheerful animals busily doing their job in the inky blue night. The action gets increasingly wacky, as elephants squirt different-colored liquids into tankers and live dinosaurs become part of the cargo. It's a fun fantasy that ends safely back in the bedroom of a sleeping (and presumably dreaming) boy, whose train set rests on the floor below him. A wonderful choice of bedtime reading for train lovers, animal fans, and anyone with an upbeat sense of humor.
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