The Train Ride

June Crebbin, Author, Stephen Lambert, Illustrator
June Crebbin, Author, Stephen Lambert, Illustrator Candlewick Press (MA) $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-56402-546-3
Reviewed on: 05/01/1995
Release date: 05/01/1995
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-1-56402-842-6
Hardcover - 1 pages - 978-1-880507-36-0
Prebound-Sewn - 28 pages - 978-0-606-09985-1
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-1-930332-76-8
Paperback - 1 pages - 978-0-7445-5474-8
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Enthusiasm is the order of the day as a round-faced child and her mother board a cheery red train: ""We're off on a journey/ Out of the town-/ What shall I see?/ What shall I see?"" On each subsequent spread, Crebbin's bouncy text and Lambert's sunshine-bright, chalk pastel art reveal the bucolic pleasures spied along the way-a mare and her foal; ``A shiny red tractor/ Pulling its load''; a trio of geese; and a hot-air balloon. Repeated phrases (``What shall I see?'' and ``That's what I see'') echo the soothing rhythm of a train's motion, until at last the girl and her mother reach their destination and spy the best view of all: ``There is my grandma/ Welcoming me.../ Welcoming me."" Lambert's varied perspectives and the book's attractive design heighten the visual appeal: text is confined to a two-inch strip beneath the full-spread illustrations, with each phrase set against alternating blocks of green and yellow. This sweet work by the creators of Fly by Night offers youngsters a nostalgic look at a favorite mode of transport. Ages 3-up. (May)
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