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Freight train
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : HarperFestival, ©1978.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 13 x 16 cm
General Note:
On board pages.
Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.


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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 board book features sturdy pages and is just the right size for little hands.

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.

Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

Presented in blocks of brilliant colors, the multihued train in this Caldecott Honor book undertakes a dazzling journey before disappearing from the final page. Ages 2-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

The sense of 'train-ness' captured in the original picture book is somewhat diminished because of the significantly smaller size of the board book. Otherwise, all the elements that made the first edition superb -- the pacing, the clear concepts, the strong graphics -- remain. From HORN BOOK 1996, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Toddler-PreS-The classic picture book is now available as a bilingual board book. This much-needed adaptation is a great size and holds just as much appeal in this smaller format. The English text is at the top of each line, with the Spanish text directly underneath it. This will be a perfect storytime book for choral reading and one-on-one use at home. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

As trains do, this one simply--splendidly simply--comes and goes. Starting with an empty track, Crews sets down and names the six different ears: each a different primer-bright color, all together a streaking rainbow when pulled along by the moving black engine. Through tunnel and city and darkness and daylight moves the freight train, ""Going, going--gone,"" leaving behind a trail of smoke and a strong, sharp impression. Clean, clear, brillant design, with no drag. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.