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The Little Train by Lois Lenski

The Little Train

by Lois Lenski

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This book is about an Engineer named Small. He goes through an adventure on his train as he grabs passengers like Fireman Shorty and cargo along the way. As Small starts his journey to Tinytown he makes sure that you feel the love he has for his train. Small goes into detail about how the train runs and the parts to the train all while giving a tour of it and giving factual information.

This is a great book, especially for train lovers. The detail that the author goes into about the train parts and how the train runs is very informative. Children could learn a lot about how the process is and what it takes for the train to travel. Boys in the class would especially love this book.

Extension ideas would be to maybe have a train station set up in one of the center areas. They could learn together on how to put the train together and use there imagination as to where they are going and if they have stops to make.
Another idea would be to color a train coloring page. The children could use colorful colors just like the book.
  TARA5X | Mar 5, 2014 |
This book is about a train trip and show the different parts of the train.
Source: Pierce county Library
Age: 2 - 3
  latin269 | Nov 7, 2013 |
What I most liked about this book was all the details about the names and functions of different parts of the engine that are incorporated into the story. It describes how they prepare the train for take off. Along the way, attention is brought to the things the engineer need to watch out for, how the express train passes the little train, etc. For a simple little story, surprisingly informative. Perfect for an inquisitive 4 year old! ( )
  Fjola | Oct 17, 2013 |
This is a great book about a fictional engineer and all the parts of his train. It is enjoyable to the reader while educational at the same time. For instance, on one page the author writes " Engineer small is proud of his little engine. The engine has a bell and a whistle. It has a sand dome". The only negative thing I could say is that it does seem to have a little bit of fact dumping within the book instead of narrative voice with academic language. The illustrations are clear and colorful while providing captions to inform the readers as they go along. Overall this book is an enjoyable read that leaves the reader with knew knowledge of transportation and trains in general. ( )
  TastefullyJReef | Oct 9, 2013 |
This book shows the typical day's work/purpose of a steam train.
Source: Pierce County Library (Lakewood)
Ages: Toddler
  caseyannc76 | May 9, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375810714, Hardcover)

Mr. Small does it all!

In this adventure, Engineer Small drives his little train from Tinytown to the city-and back. Along the way, the little train passes tunnels and stops at stations to pick up cargo and passengers.

Presented in full color for the first time, Lois Lenski's The Little Train will delight a whole new generation of readers as they learn all about the ins and outs of a working train.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:47:57 -0400)

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Engineer Small at the throttle takes the little train on its run from Tiny Town to the big city.

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