Alphabet Trains

Alphabet Trains

Book - 2015
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Simple text uses railroads to teach children about different trains and the alphabet.
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2015
ISBN: 9781580895927
1580895921
9781580895934
158089593X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Vam
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: O'Rourke, Ryan

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mmcbeth29
Nov 01, 2015

SUMMARY: This book introduces you to 26 different types of trains all beginning with one of the letters of the alphabet. From Amtrak's Auto Train to the California Zephyr.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created digitally. They have lots of color and leans more towards a sense of fantasy rather than reality.

THE GOOD: This book has a lot to offer the young train enthusiast! Even I learned about trains I did not know exist. The book is also very rich in vocabulary with words such as incline, freight, welded, dinky, and more. These trains come from all over the world so there is also a chance to explore geography. There is a glossary in the back of the book that explains a little bit more about each train in the book. This would especially make a wonderful book for a classroom unit on transportation.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The flow of the rhyming is a bit stilted, but I can see how difficult it is to rhyme with the rich vocabulary used. Also, because this is an ABC book and uses such high vocabulary and concepts, it may be difficult for the younger crowd.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 3-7 which is about right except 6 & 7 year olds may not appreciate the ABC concept unless they are seriously into trains.

NOTE: I received a free ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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