Freight Train

  • Author / Illustrator: Donald Crews
  • Concept / Realism
  • Grade Range/Level Recommendation: young reader (2-6 yrs.)

Caldecott Honor Book

Summary:  A train of colored cars travels through day and night, and through country and city.

Themes: concept of color with each train car a separate color, basic train cars named and depicted realistically


  1. How did we know the train was going fast and faster?
  2. What colors were the train cars?

Extension Activities:

  1. make a colored train good template at The Bestest Mom or Mel’s Desk
  2. pretend to be a train going different speeds, over, under and through things

Comment: So few words, almost a wordless book. Great way to teach colors, especially to train lovers. Clean realistic illustrations.

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Published in: Concept, Informational, Picture Book, Realism on July 13, 2011 at9:02 pm Comments (0)
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