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Trains run!
2019
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Summary
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!

Train travels
down the track--
all day gone
all night back.
Trains run!

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.
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School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 1--This installment in a transportation series by George Ella Lyon and her son Benn takes on the world of trains. The jaunty story explores how trains are powered, the sounds they make, the different types of cars they pull, and much more. As in Planes Fly, Boats Float, and Trucks Roll, the rhyming text is set in large and bold font and the placement of the wording changes from page to page, which adds visual interest. Not only are different types of trains explored, but also the people who ride them, work on them, and the different terrains they travel through. To add to the fun, the refrain "Trains run!" is repeated throughout and will certainly encourage young readers to join in. Wiggins's digitally created illustrations capture the rhythm and flow of locomotives and there is a particularly dramatic spread of a train traveling over an awe-inspiring trestle bridge as people look on. VERDICT An excellent choice for storytimes and read-alouds everywhere.--Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, MI
Booklist Review
In this picture-book introduction to trains, the rhythmic, rhyming text often suggests the driving force and the sounds of an engine pulling many cars behind it. Steam engine, / gas engine, / electric engine too. / Chooka-chooka! Vroom zoom! / Hssss! Whoo-oo-whoo! / Railroad crossing. Signal flashing. / Down comes the gate. / Trains got to move on through. / Folks got to wait. / Trains run! The attractive picture illustrating the last few phrases offers an overhead view of a train rolling through town, with cars and trucks stopped at the crossing. Observant kids may wonder why the vehicles are driving on the left side of the road, but the town could be anywhere in the world. The digital illustrations create a series of well-composed scenes. When people are included, they represent a diverse population. This companion book to Trucks Roll (2007), Planes Fly (2013), and Boats Float (2015), which were also created by George Ella Lyon, her son Benn Lyon, and Mick Wiggins, is sure to attract young train-lovers.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2019 Booklist
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