Freight Train

Freight Train

by Donald Crews

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Red caboose at the back, orange tank car, green cattle car, purple box car, black tender and a black steam engine . . . freight train.

In simple, powerful words and vibrant illustrations, Donald Crews evokes the rolling wheels of that childhood favorite: a train.

This Calecott Honor Book features bright colors and bold shapes. Even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he or she has watched a freight train passing after reading Freight Train.

Donald Crews used childhood memories of trains seen during his travels to his grandparents' farm in the American South as the inspiration for this timeless favorite.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062120472
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/23/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 57,095
File size: 11 MB
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Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.

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Freight Train 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids loved this book from the library so I decided to buy it on my Nook for them and was delighted to hear the songs added to it. My kids love singing the songs and this is one of their favorite books!
just-a-mom More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book, and a must have in any 2 year olds library. My son has a mini freak out when he sees me going for this book. After the deafening shrill of delighted screams subsides we read the book. After every page he makes his train noise and eagerly helps me flip the page to see where the trains is heading next. This book has excellent illustrations and simple words, it is perfect for young children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was immediately disappointed in this book - there's nothing to it! The illustrations are pretty basic and repetitious and there's little reading. But my 2 1/2 yr old grandson loves it, so that's good enough for me. I ad-lib as I read it to him though... just doesn't have enough substance for reading.
123shannon More than 1 year ago
Like another review... Our 2 year old just loves this book. Although I wish it was grammatically correct... It is an easy read. Our 2 year old has memorized it. He reads it to us and he often sits down to read it to himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books is wonderful for preschool. It helps children learn about colors while entertaining them the thought of a train. It also tells where the train is going. 'Going through tunnels. Going by cities.' This book is really enjoyable but i didn't think that it was great enough to recieve the caldecott honor award, but it did. Crews, Donald. FREIGHT TRAIN. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1978.
Anonymous 5 months ago
All of my children loved this book. It's our go-to baby gift: a classic! Great illustrations, simple narrative.
paroof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We also own the board book version with the slide-out pages that reveal the contents of each freight car, so my two-year-old was a little confused at first when we read this one because he wanted to pull out the pages. He caught on quickly enough, though, and ended up really liking this book as well. In this one he enjoys pointing out all the colors of the cars. Beautiful artwork, clearly a classic.
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this! Great storytime book!
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I guess this title is quite famous in the annals of train picture book history, but I found it boring! Maybe it's just because I don't care about trains and don't read stories to anyone that cares about trains? But if I had a 3-year-old obsessed with trains, I'm sure this would be his/her favorite book. I think the book must be noted mostly for its design and the graphic artistry since the text is very simplified. The illustraions are very simplified as well - each car of the train is mono-colored in a bright rainbow hue. When the illustrations show the train speeding by, the colors become striated and begin to blend together - it's interesting looking. Despite the simplified look of the illustrations, the engine car has some very nice details that would appeal to the aforementioned train-obsessed.
abruser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Freight Train" by Donald Crews is a simple book about the different cars on a train. Each train is a different color. It is a good book to read to very young children because it is both informative and easy to understand.
kelsimcnab on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is about freight trains and the differnt parts of them. It shows the freight train traviling to different places. This is a great book to read when teaching children about the different forms of transportation.
ShellyCBuchanan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this beautifully graphic book on trains for the youngest readers, Crews uses the simplest words to communicate the power and journey of a typical freight train. The illustrations are simple yet bold and eye catching, one of those books to read and enjoy over and over again.
goodstories on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This simple story is made utterly compelling by the perfect illustrations. If you can use a "Big Book" edition with your groups, they will be spellbound! Works surprisingly well for a wide age range from the youngest lap-sitters through elementary students.This book belongs in home collections.
lisa_tugmon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book portrays a freight train and all of the different cars that it has. Each car is different and brightly colored and the steam engine is black. After it shows the different colored cars it shows the train traveling by cities, through tunnels, in the day, and in the night. Then, the reader is left with a trail of smoke when the train is finally gone.This book is sure to grab the attention of any young reader with it's bright colors. It is ideal for the typical train loving little boy. It is a great way to teach children the basic colors and about trains. I thought this book was very cute. It had very good illustrations which were simple yet bright and fun. My children at work loved it! For a classroom extension idea the children could paint there own freight train. The teacher could cover a long table with white butcher paper and have each car that makes up a freight train traced onto the paper. The teacher could assign each child to a car and they would have the responsibility of painting their assigned car.Another idea would be to create a "freight train" out of the children. The student that is the designated "line leader" for the day could be the steam engine and you could seperate the other children by the color of shirt they are wearing. Have the children line up in the correct order and take a little nature walk outside. As the children walk in the line resembling a train they could make the sound of a train moving along a track (ex. chuga chuga choo choo).
jemilie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SUMMARY: This book tells about a freight train with different colors. It also tells us the different places a train goes to on its daily course. It also tells the various parts of the train and the name of the train. The story seeks to tell the different times of day.PERSONAL: This book was good. It would be appropiate for kindergartens and first graders. It would also be good for boys that age because they are usually fascinated by vehicles especially trains.CLASSROOM: The teacher can use this to introduce a lesson about colors.The children will use this to identify colors in their surroundings. The students be asked about the train in their state and will identify other means of transportation.They can also color their favorite vehicle( blank pictures of different vehicles) with their favorite color.
farfromkansas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Freight Train, by Donald Crews, is a delightful concept book about trains that is also surprisingly educational for adults. Over the course of the book, Crews describes each of the different cars on the eponymous freight train, assigning each car a distinct color; this simultaneously allows children to learn the different kinds of train cars and to review their colors. The illustrations seem simple, but are actually fairly detailed: most of the pictures show outlines of the cars with shading for the distinct colors and smudged lines to show movement. While the book is intentionally brief to suit the needs of younger readers, it leaves the audience wanting more; that, in itself, is the mark of great writing.Citation:Crews, Donald. Freight Train. New York: Greenwillow, 1978. Print.
weeksie50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A freight train is introduced by color and name. It travels through city and country. It ends up going faster until it is gone.This is a fantastic book to use when introducing colors.
Jdonldsn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this beautiful color concept book, the train goes faster and faster until we can't see in any more. My boys loved this book and we had to read it repeatedly to look for the train that was "gone gone!"
Elizabeth1977 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book for children who love trains that teaches the concepts of speed, position, and colors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my son loved this as a book years ago. Now have a nephew and this book with the music it plays is great for little ones It may be short but love the music with the pictures
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible book. An adjective followed by a noun on every page makes for a very short read. My 1 year old son usually loves it when I read to him, but with this book he can care less. That's probably because it takes less than a minute to read the 20 or so words in the book and there is no rhyme or rhythm to it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The narration of the book is poor. There is no inflection in the speakers voice. I am surprised this is a Caldecott honor winner. I have read the other reviews and maybe I am missing something. However, my 3 year old grandson is not impressed either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth it my sons were not interested in the music and well the narrator didnt hold their attention.
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