We’ve already learned that trucks roll, planes fly, and boats float. Now, all aboard for the fourth book in George Ella Lyon’s transportation series, and this time learn all about trains!
down the track—
all day gone
all night back.
From steam engines to subways, from the locomotive to the caboose, this story stays right on track, exploring all different kinds of trains and what they do in a day.
Adding to their growing oeuvre of transportation books, the parent/child authors again pair up with Wiggins, this time riffing on all things train. In lively rhyming text, the Lyons touch on everything from toy trains to locomotives to box cars, even including a nod to The Little Engine That Could ("Can a train climb a mountain? I think it can!"). The refrain "Trains run!" repeats throughout, lending the songlike verse an energy seamlessly matched by Wiggins's vintage-style digital art (an "iron horse/ on its course" is a blur as speeding across a golden field). And for all its forward motion, delightful additions by Wiggins (animals tucked into most spreads, enormous fruits taking up a truck bed) offer myriad amusements to linger over. This team clearly knows what they're doing their enthusiastic celebration fully captures the magic and majesty of trains. Ages 4 8.