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Hey! Get Off Our Train by John Burningham

Hey! Get Off Our Train

by John Burningham

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Chalk, crayons, coal and colored pencils bring to live one of the most entertaining fantasies of a boy who was sent to bed, and ended up imagining a trip in a train around the world where his only mission is to save some of the endangered species running away from the human harm, inviting them to appreciate what nature offers by engaging the animals in simple and innocent activities such as throwing a snowball or flying a kite. The truth in this metaphorical fantasy made in drawings with shades, and some cross-hatching, provokes the reader to become aware of the negative impact human decisions have in nature and over animals about to disappear.
  eearly15 | Mar 25, 2016 |
introduces the idea of extinction to young children...interesting illustrations. Grif liked it for the trains and the animals. ( )
  vivacelibre | Oct 30, 2010 |
During the night, a boy and his toy dog take off on his toy train for an adventure, which gets interrupted and enhanced by animals seeking refuge -- an elephant in fear of losing his tusks, a seal in fear of losing its food supply, a crane in fear of losing its habitat, a tiger also in fear of losing its habitat, and a polar bear in fear of losing its coat to hunters.
  UWC_PYP | Feb 19, 2006 |
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[Starred Review] A fine British author-illustrator blends several of his hallmarks in an effective plea for the environment. ... A neat surprise provides a chuckle at the end; mixed-media illustrations have Burningham's usual inimitable wit, beauty, and splendor.
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... A boy, playing with a toy train in his bedroom, is told by his mother to go to bed. He closes his eyes, and soon is hurtling through the countryside on his train, in the company of his stuffed dog, who has come to life. "Hey! Get off our train," they say to an elephant who climbs on board. The elephant explains that he is trying to escape from someone who wants to cut off his tusks, so they let him stay. The boy and the dog also give sanctuary to other endangered animals, including a seal, a crane, a tiger and a polar bear, as the train travels through different lands. ... The story's important, timely message of protection for endangered species is delivered with just enough subtlety and delightful humor. ...
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One night, as a little boy goes to sleep clutching his pajama-case dog, he drifts off into an elaborate, imaginative journey by train. But what's this? One endangered animal after another--an elephant, a seal, a tiger--tries to join the boy and his dog on their global junket.

"Please let me ride on your train. I live in the frozen North and somebody wants my fur to make a coat out of, and soon there will be none of us left," says the polar bear.

At first the boy and his dog are reluctant to let the animals on the train--"Hey! Get off our train!" they shout--but as each critter explains its particular plight, they welcome it on board. Children will learn about the perils facing animals around the world--tusk taking, pollution, marsh draining, deforestation--but they'll also be happy to see the boy and his dog rescuing the animals one by one. John Burningham has a knack for keeping the mood playful while communicating a strong environmental message. With his strikingly original illustrations and gently rhythmic text, this highly acclaimed author- illustrator well deserves his Parents' Choice Award for this unusual book. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright 1999 by John Burningham. With permission of Crown Publishers, Inc.) (Ages 4 and older)

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At bedtime a young boy takes a trip on his toy train and rescues several endangered animals.

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