FREIGHT TRAIN TRIP! by Susanna Leonard Hill


A Lift-the-Flap Adventure
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A laden freight train makes its westbound run, only narrowly missing a collision with an eastbound commuter train. The oversized trim allows for a nice extension of the train and accommodates up to two flaps per spread. These flaps are flimsy things and likely will not last more than a few readings. That’s OK, as the labored verse (“The engine rushes down the track, / with ninety-seven cars in back. / They are full of lumber; toys, and more, / and headed for the western shore”) will drive adult readers round the bend. The excitement of the near-collision is blunted, first by a flap that reveals the successful rail-switching before the text does and then by a concluding, “it’s been fun!” summation. Get another copy of Donald Crews’s Freight Train and give this a miss. (Ages 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4169-7833-6
Page count: 12pp
Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2009


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