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The Train of States by Peter Sis

The Train of States (2004)

by Peter Sis

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Each page/train car contains information on one of the 50 states. State capitals, birds, trees, flowers and a fun fact are included for each state. Every train car is decorated with symbols or special images to the state itself.
Ages: 4-8
Source: Pierce County Library
  MsKrystal | Oct 29, 2015 |
Summary: This is such a cute informational book that has all the 50 states and different trains in each state It has pictures and plenty of information about all the different types of trains. There is a lot of information about the uses for each type of train in each state

Personal Reaction: I think this is such a great book for kids because is has all the states, different trains, and lots of pictures. It would be the perfect informational book for a history lesson or lesson about America.

Classroom Extension IdeaS:
1) We could talk about trains in our own state and possibly go see a real train
2) We could bring in models of trains and talk about what they're used for and where they came from
3) Have the kids draw a picture of their favorite train and at least two facts they remember about that train
4) Do a memory game. Which train goes with what state?
  Bretny | Apr 29, 2015 |
Great book to help students gain interest in the different states. Each page features a different state, and information about that state (nickname, motto, state bird, capitol, flag.. etc..) Each page also labels the presidents that originated from each state, and has an interesting fact about that state. It was interesting for me to read through, and somewhat informative, so I can imagine that students would learn a lot from this book. Highly recommended for any lower elementary classroom. ( )
  adscrim | May 7, 2014 |
Take a train ride across the United States of America! This book features a train car for every state filled with information about state birds, flowers, animals, as well as date of statehood, capitals, mottos, and interesting state facts.
  n.oreilly | Nov 28, 2013 |
Each of the American states has its own unique old-fashioned train car that depicts important, informative, or distinctive aspects of that state. Information given about each state include state capital, state flower, tree, bird, state flag, date of statehood, the origin of the state’s name, the state’s motto, the state’s nickname, and one fun fact about the state. Some states’ train cars supply other information such as any presidents born in or associated with that state, state dog, butterfly, fish, rock, gemstone, bug, historic place(s) in the state, things the state is known for, famous people from the state, and more. The book also includes a note about each train car with an additional fact or question to think about or reason why the train car was designed the way it was. Each state’s train car is distinctive, designed to represent that state, and beautifully drawn. Children and adults alike will enjoy the brightly colored, detailed illustrations and the wealth of facts about the United States in this celebration of the states. This would be an excellent resources for first grade through grade four. ( )
  robincar | Oct 24, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060578386, Hardcover)

The train of states is rolling by --
rush to the window and watch it go!
The very first car? The very first state:
Delaware, of course,
followed by Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia ...
fifty in all.
The caboose? Washington, D.C.!

Look closely! What do you see?
State birds, state flowers, state trees ...
forty-three presidents! Can you find them all?
Can you spot the flags, heroes, animals, and landmarks
adorning the train of states?

Clickety clack, clickety clack.
Rush out the door, rush to the track.
Where is the train going? Come along!
Over the prairie, over the mountains,
down a green valley, and into a billowing tent.
It's time for a party --
it's time to celebrate
the fifty states!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:00 -0400)

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Gives information about each state, including capital, motto, state tree, state bird, source of name, and date of statehood.

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