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Train song
Siebert, Diane.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : T.Y. Crowell, [1990]

Rhymed text and illustrations describe the journey of a transcontinental trains.
General Note:
Ages 4-8.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 1 Quiz: 11720.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Rhymed text and illustrations describe the journey of a transcontinental trains.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. This picture-book version of a poem originally published in Cricket magazine in 1981 portrays trains as they thunder across America. The basic realism of Wimmer's strong, full-color illustrations gives way, at times, to more impressionistic studies of light, shadows, and reflections. In Siebert's Truck Song [BKL O 1 84], Barton's illustrations follow one truck and driver through a day. There's less narrative unity in Train Song, and though the artwork is more handsome, it has somewhat less child-appeal. Still, art and text together capture the noise, the power, and the diversity of trains edged with an underlying melancholy that somehow seems fitting. ~--Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

From boxcars to diners, from rural towns to city stations, the intriguing world of trains is evoked in this stunningly illustrated poem. As with Heartland and Truck Song , Siebert does not tell a story so much as present stunning images: the ``great trains / freight trains / talk about your late trains / the 509 / right on time / straight through to L.A.'' roar through tunnels and across the countryside. While the syntax and rhythms of the poem are not always immediately clear, Siebert's eclectic assemblage of details allows the reader to ``feel the rhythm'' and ``hear the sound'' of the trains. Wimmer's luminous, nostalgic paintings will enable readers to grasp the beauty and power of the trains and the landscape across which they travel, ``clickety-clacking / homeward bound.'' Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

In the relentless rhythm of the rolling wheel, this book revels in the movement, sights, and sounds of train transport. Place names (Buffalo, Abilene, Seattle, North Platte) punctuate the short, punchy lines that propel listeners effectively, if somewhat mechanically, through the detailed description of freight and passenger trains, with their various cars, conductors, and engineers. The rhyme and rhythm will appeal to children, but the pictures are sure to persuade adults to sign on for a nostalgic ride through the past. Wimmer celebrates the bygone elegance of dining cars and the charm of vernacular architecture. A close look at his realistic paintings reveals the fluid brushwork and impressionistic use of reflected color carried by light: the steel rails reflect the sky, shadows are multicolor conjunctions. And the artist gains maximum mileage from layout. From the opening page, in which the train appears as a detail through the mesh of a screen door, Wimmer balances the predictable with the unexpected. Much of the drama is provided by the (generally low) viewpoint, or by the effective juxtaposition of close-up and distant views. Many children are loco about locomotives; if this book doesn't offer engine specs, it certainly tenders a paean to the romance of the railroad. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.