Cover image for Seymour Simon's book of trains
Title:
Seymour Simon's book of trains
Author:
Simon, Seymour.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins Publishers, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
940 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.3 0.5 57960.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.9 2 Quiz: 33605 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780060284756

9780060284763
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Trains can carry
grain and gravel,
milk and machines,
cars and computers,
pipes and people.

Seymour Simon's exploration of these very different trains and their uses, combined with his characteristically eye-catching full-color photographs, captures the beauty and power of steam trains, diesel trains, electric trains, and more -- all at work!


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-8. In Simon's signature style, each double-page spread in this picture book sets a dramatic close-up photo of a moving train opposite a few sentences about the train's source of power (steam, diesel, electric) and how it works. The full-color, close-up pictures by a number of photographers will grab even young preschoolers--from the long-range view of the old steam locomotive pulling a line of passenger cars through the mountains to the close-ups of hopper cars carrying grain, coal, or gravel. The astonishing facts will interest older train buffs, whether the author is writing about the breathtaking speeds of today's electric trains or computerized freight yards where cars are sorted and separated. Simon captures the combination of technology and romantic adventure that gives these machines their enduring appeal. --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

The author dedicates one spread each to various kinds of trains, from old-fashioned diesel trains to France's TGV, with a full-color photograph on one side and, opposite, a couple of paragraphs describing it. Ages 3-6. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 4-Trains and individual freight cars are displayed in glorious full color in this oversized book. Simon offers information on different types of these machines from the earliest steam locomotives to France's TGV, which can reach speeds of 300 miles per hour. The section on freight trains delves into each car from boxcars to the now-obsolete caboose. The sharp pictures cover half of each spread. One small complaint is that while the TGV and Japan's bullet trains are mentioned, they are not pictured. But never mind. Even preschoolers will be drawn in by the large, abundant photographs. Another winner from a popular author.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.