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Shortcut by Donald Crews

Shortcut (edition 1992)

by Donald Crews

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Authors:Donald Crews
Info:Scholastic (1992), Edition: 1ST, Paperback, 30 pages
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Tags:Trains, Transportation

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Shortcut by Donald Crews



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We live next to the train tracks and this is a powerful story. Train tracks seem to innocent and the train so loud, how could it sneak up on you. A good reality check to show how an innocent decision could be downright tragic.
  CNTZIEG | Mar 21, 2017 |
Ages 4-8.A group of cousins are running late one evening and decide to take a shortcut home by walking on the train tracks. They know that passenger trains follow a schedule but you never know when a freight train may come. Faced with being in trouble for being late they decide its worth the risk. At first its fun to walk along the tracks but when they hear the whistle of an oncoming train the weight of their decision hits home. As the train nears they dive off the tracks, down the hill, into the bramble along side of the train tracks. No one is hurt but the mood is somber as they make their way home and decide never to take the shortcut again.
  smebbinga | Dec 1, 2016 |
In the book the two brothers take a forbidden shortcut along the railroad tracks home against their grandmothers word. They are frightened by a train!
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  Kayleepeterson | Nov 30, 2016 |
In the story “Shortcut,” a group of brothers take a shortcut to grandma’s house along a railroad track. They were told to never to go that way, they didn’t understand why so they decided to take that way anyway. OF course, a train decides to come their way and they quickly jump off the tracks, resulting in an injury and sever consequences for the boys. In social-moral development, this book promotes judging the appropriateness of specific behaviors and predicting the possible consequences of behaviors. The illustrations are very colorful and realistic and show an ethnically diverse family. I would recommend this book for ages 4-8.
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  CourtneyLBanks | Nov 30, 2016 |
A group of kids took a shortcut to their grandmother house because it was so late. the shortcut was on the rail road track which their grandmother told them to never go that way. While they where on their way a train was coming and they rush and jump into steep side. they were so afraid and never attempted to do that again. Age 3-5 Library ( )
  JessicaGillis | Nov 28, 2016 |
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The train tracks ran right by Bigmama's house in Cottondale, and the children were warned to stay off the tracks. But one night they were late, and the tracks were a shortcut, so they started off. And when there was no turning back, they heard the train coming.

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Children taking a shortcut by walking along a railroad track find excitement and danger when a train approaches.

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