MY LITTLE TRAIN by Satomi Ichikawa

MY LITTLE TRAIN

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 2 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

A seemingly self-propelled toy train narrates this sweetly invigorating tale while chauffeuring similarly mobile animals to their chosen destinations. At the first stop, the fishbowl “pond,” Duck dives in; the field that Sheep leaps into is in an Impressionist painting propped against a wall. After Bear is dropped off on the “mountaintop” (in a moment ever-so-gently reminiscent of The Little Engine That Could without a touch of that title’s mawkish sentimentality), a heap of couch pillows presents navigational challenges, and a baby kangaroo who’s stowed away for the ride proves strong and helpful in righting tumbled cars. Ichikawa’s simple, repetitious text should attract lapsitters, storytimers and beginning readers. Her soft-hued, full-bleed watercolors shift perspective often in a household full of books, toys and tacked-up children’s drawings. The absence of human characters permits child readers to fully engage in the story’s pretend play, as a new group of toy passengers queues up at “Central Station.” Gently winning. (Picture book. 2-5)

 

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-399-25453-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Philomel
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2010




NEW & NOTABLE TITLES FOR KIDS & TEENS:

Children WHERE THE STREETS HAD A NAME by Randa Abdel-Fattah
by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Children A TIME OF MIRACLES by Anne-Laure Bondoux
by Anne-Laure Bondoux
Children MATCHED by Ally Condie
by Ally Condie
Children OLD BEAR AND HIS CUB by Olivier Dunrea
by Olivier Dunrea

MORE BY SATOMI ICHIKAWA

ChildrenYOU ARE MY WONDERS by Maryann Cusimano Love
by Maryann Cusimano Love
ChildrenYOU ARE MY WISH by Maryann Cusimano Love
by Maryann Cusimano Love
ChildrenCOME FLY WITH ME by Satomi Ichikawa
by Satomi Ichikawa