Author/Illustrator: Donald Crews
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Year: 1978
Brief Summary: A freight train carrying different cars of different colors travel through tunnels, cities, in darkness and daylight.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1979 Honor Book United States
- Redbook Children’s Picturebook Award, 1985 Winner Paperback United States
- Books to Grow On, 2003 ; ALSC American Library Association
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Literature Choice List, 1997 ; Children’s Literature
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
- Review colors
- Transportation: talk about different kinds of transportation, which ones children have been on, different kinds of trains/train cars, etc.
- What do different types of train cars do? What do we use trains for, other than taking people from one place to another?
- Art: Have children create their own trains by cutting out different colored construction paper (or have pre-made die cuts that they can arrange onto their page). Label with colors and numbers.
- Math: Give children different colors of train cars (number of colors depends on level of math)…have them make a pattern with their train cars. (e.g. red-yellow-red-yellow-red-yellow, or the 1-2-1-2 pattern)
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Social studies: transportation (see above)
- Math – counting, number patterns
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Signal Mountain Library