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Steam Train, Dream Train (Books for Young Children, Family Read Aloud Books, Children’s Train Books, Bedtime Stories)

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"Each train car of softly colored animals has much to look at and point to, even as eyelids grow heavy." —Working Mother An unabridged board book version of the bestselling hardcover, perfect for small hands: The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with p "Each train car of softly colored animals has much to look at and point to, even as eyelids grow heavy." —Working Mother An unabridged board book version of the bestselling hardcover, perfect for small hands: The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, and kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls (while zebras referee) before settling in for a good night's sleep. Features dreamy illustrations of animals of all shapes and sizes with gentle rhyming text to soothe and relax. The board book style is compact and durable so it's ideal for travelling and reading on-the-go. Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Litchenheld have worked together to create multiple #1 New York Times Bestsellers consisting of thoughtful storylines paired with compelling illustrations. Fans of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, I Wish You More, and Mighty Mighty Construction Site will also enjoy this sweet bedtime story written for quiet, sleepy moments. A must-have book for any budding train enthusiast. Great family read aloud book Books for kids ages 4-8 Children's book for grades K-3


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"Each train car of softly colored animals has much to look at and point to, even as eyelids grow heavy." —Working Mother An unabridged board book version of the bestselling hardcover, perfect for small hands: The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with p "Each train car of softly colored animals has much to look at and point to, even as eyelids grow heavy." —Working Mother An unabridged board book version of the bestselling hardcover, perfect for small hands: The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, and kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls (while zebras referee) before settling in for a good night's sleep. Features dreamy illustrations of animals of all shapes and sizes with gentle rhyming text to soothe and relax. The board book style is compact and durable so it's ideal for travelling and reading on-the-go. Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Litchenheld have worked together to create multiple #1 New York Times Bestsellers consisting of thoughtful storylines paired with compelling illustrations. Fans of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, I Wish You More, and Mighty Mighty Construction Site will also enjoy this sweet bedtime story written for quiet, sleepy moments. A must-have book for any budding train enthusiast. Great family read aloud book Books for kids ages 4-8 Children's book for grades K-3

30 review for Steam Train, Dream Train (Books for Young Children, Family Read Aloud Books, Children’s Train Books, Bedtime Stories)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Archit

    The fast fast cars are fast asleep. Steam train can come handy when you've a number of worker animals helping you loading up other fancy cars and comfortable beds for the animals. The fast fast cars are fast asleep. Steam train can come handy when you've a number of worker animals helping you loading up other fancy cars and comfortable beds for the animals.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    We loved the "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site" by the same author and illustrator. "Steam Train, Dream Train" is almost equally good. Perfect goodnight book. We loved the "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site" by the same author and illustrator. "Steam Train, Dream Train" is almost equally good. Perfect goodnight book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    midnightfaerie

    After so many boring and lackluster children's books about trains, it was so refreshing to come across one so engaging with such beautiful illustrations! We all loved this book! Even my 5 yr old who claims to have no interest in trains anymore was riveted by the story and what would be loaded onto the dream train next. Even though a young reader could read this, it's much more fun to have a parent read this smoothly. I know that some people find rhyming tiresome and overdone, but this book does After so many boring and lackluster children's books about trains, it was so refreshing to come across one so engaging with such beautiful illustrations! We all loved this book! Even my 5 yr old who claims to have no interest in trains anymore was riveted by the story and what would be loaded onto the dream train next. Even though a young reader could read this, it's much more fun to have a parent read this smoothly. I know that some people find rhyming tiresome and overdone, but this book does it so well, it was effortless to read it. I felt the words were flowing along like a train does. It was just wonderful all around. We really enjoyed this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Niki (nikilovestoread)

    We've been reading this book for years and my boys still love it. The story is a cute one and the illustrations are beautiful. We've been reading this book for years and my boys still love it. The story is a cute one and the illustrations are beautiful.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Hudson

    Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld, the duo that brought us the award-winning Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, have created another bedtime picture book that’s sure to be a hit with parents and preschoolers alike. Steam Train, Dream Train is the story of a train with a very unusual crew: bears, elephants, monkeys, kangaroos and other animals. When the train pulls into the station, crew members load it up with all kinds of things kids love to play with. The monkeys bring in monkey bar Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld, the duo that brought us the award-winning Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, have created another bedtime picture book that’s sure to be a hit with parents and preschoolers alike. Steam Train, Dream Train is the story of a train with a very unusual crew: bears, elephants, monkeys, kangaroos and other animals. When the train pulls into the station, crew members load it up with all kinds of things kids love to play with. The monkeys bring in monkey bars (and juggle while hoola-hooping and skate boarding), kangaroos bounce balls onboard, polar bears truck in ice cream and a camel balances a bike, a kite and more. It’s a visual circus of activity in a kid’s fantasy world. Since everything takes place at night, illustrations are muted and calm, yet still portray the fun everyone seems to be having loading the boxcars. They have the grainy look of kids crayon drawings. The combination of words and drawings is sure to stir the imaginations of little ones as it lulls them to sleep. The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    This is a weirdly specific book: a going-to-bed book with all the cars of the train named, and animals loading them. The text was fine, but the art was really special. Library copy

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joannah Keats

    Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld are the modern masters of the bedtime story, especially for little boys. Their previous picture book, Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, is a favorite of truck-loving children everywhere. In Steam Train Dream Train, they’ve taken another childhood obsession - trains, and managed to work in animals, toys, trucks, cars - even dinosaurs make an appearance in these pages. It may seem overwhelming at first because there is a lot more here than there was i Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld are the modern masters of the bedtime story, especially for little boys. Their previous picture book, Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, is a favorite of truck-loving children everywhere. In Steam Train Dream Train, they’ve taken another childhood obsession - trains, and managed to work in animals, toys, trucks, cars - even dinosaurs make an appearance in these pages. It may seem overwhelming at first because there is a lot more here than there was in Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, and some might miss the overall concept of the book by getting lost in the text and amazing visuals. Make no mistake, this is a brilliant bedtime story in which little ones watch as their favorite things get loaded up onto the dream train one at a time, reminiscent of Goodnight Moon but much more sophisticated. It reads smoothly and the rhythm slowly winds down as the pages turn. The rich but muted illustrations are beautiful and calming, soothing in their soft lines with washed-out color that makes you feel as though you are in the midst of twilight. If you have Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site memorized at this point, or if you are just looking for a new bedtime story to add to your collection, you can’t lose with Steam Train Dream Train, especially with the little boys in your life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Filled with plenty of onomatopeia such as "clickety-clack" (unpaged), "Cling! Clang!" (unpaged), "Puffing, chuffing out of sight" (unpaged), this book is fun to read aloud. A train arrives, and various animals load up each of its cars. while I liked the fact that it was written in rhyming text and that I learned some interesting information--who knew that the car where cold products are stored is called a reefer car?--I grew a bit tired of the text as several cars were filled, and then the train Filled with plenty of onomatopeia such as "clickety-clack" (unpaged), "Cling! Clang!" (unpaged), "Puffing, chuffing out of sight" (unpaged), this book is fun to read aloud. A train arrives, and various animals load up each of its cars. while I liked the fact that it was written in rhyming text and that I learned some interesting information--who knew that the car where cold products are stored is called a reefer car?--I grew a bit tired of the text as several cars were filled, and then the train moves on down the track. The wax oil pastel illustrations are filled with detail and almost seem to shimmer, a fitting effect since the train is traveling through a sleeper's dreams. Fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site are likely to enjoy this one although it is much longer and seems to be trying to do a lot more; for instance, there are numbers mentioned in parts of the text, and readers will want to count the workers or the things being loaded. All in all, there seems to be too much here, and my senses felt overwhelmed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jared

    Currently the best book I've found for my 2 year old. Currently the best book I've found for my 2 year old.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bianca Orellana

    I love that it teaches the parts of a train, and it's the perfect bedtime story. 4.5 stars. I love that it teaches the parts of a train, and it's the perfect bedtime story. 4.5 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tamarah

    The animals leave the train station to work, play, and sleep as they journey through the night on train tracks.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kerstin

    This is a lovely book. I love the rhyme and the illustrations are just darling.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Suzan

    This a nice bedtime story. Cute illustrations.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Destiny Dawn Long

    This was a really enjoyable bedtime book. My daughter really likes trains right now, which was part of why I grabbed it from the library shelf. I was pleased to discover a fun story that teaches about the different parts of trains, while using a rhyming text story full of playful animal crew members. There are lots of fun action words and onomatopoeia. The wax oil pastel illustrations are imaginative and beautifully rendered. I especially like the heavy shadows and darker tones that were used to This was a really enjoyable bedtime book. My daughter really likes trains right now, which was part of why I grabbed it from the library shelf. I was pleased to discover a fun story that teaches about the different parts of trains, while using a rhyming text story full of playful animal crew members. There are lots of fun action words and onomatopoeia. The wax oil pastel illustrations are imaginative and beautifully rendered. I especially like the heavy shadows and darker tones that were used to create a lush nighttime environment. The one thing I was a bit ambivalent about was the last page. I know that it's a popular ending style for bedtime books... but for me, it took away from the magic a little.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joella

    A train gets loaded up for the night. Each of the various animal crew know just what they should do–from the monkeys who do acrobatics to get the cargo loaded to the polar animals who load the “reefer” (cold) car. Of course at the end of the story the reader will find out there is more to this train…it is a little child’s train set up at the foot of a bed while the child is sleeping. The illustrations are beautiful. The dark strokes with speckled colors add to the night-time feel of the book. Plu A train gets loaded up for the night. Each of the various animal crew know just what they should do–from the monkeys who do acrobatics to get the cargo loaded to the polar animals who load the “reefer” (cold) car. Of course at the end of the story the reader will find out there is more to this train…it is a little child’s train set up at the foot of a bed while the child is sleeping. The illustrations are beautiful. The dark strokes with speckled colors add to the night-time feel of the book. Plus there is so much detail in what each animal is doing. This is one calming train headed for a good night’s sleep.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Renee M

    I loved everything about this. The illustrations were engaging and enhanced the text. The text is clever, lush, delicious rhyme. Plus, it teaches about trains and their various cars and uses with charming accuracy. Loved!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Fowler

    I tried reading this to Pre-K but it was a little over their head:(

  18. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    Not as fabulous as "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site," but still nice. Not as fabulous as "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site," but still nice.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    bed time train story with gentle, sleepy time ending.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Dyer

    Great illustrations fun rhymes but not too tongue twisted

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren White

    This book is about a child's dream of a train. The train is loaded by all different kinds of animals. Cargo is stowed in the first train. The crew then loads the freight train. The boxcar gets loaded next. The hopper box is then filled by a giraffe. Tankers are lined up by elephants. The reefer car is loaded with ice cream by a polar bear. Turtles load the autorack with cars. The well cars carry dinosaurs. At the end of the book, you learn that this train is part of a child's dream. The theme in This book is about a child's dream of a train. The train is loaded by all different kinds of animals. Cargo is stowed in the first train. The crew then loads the freight train. The boxcar gets loaded next. The hopper box is then filled by a giraffe. Tankers are lined up by elephants. The reefer car is loaded with ice cream by a polar bear. Turtles load the autorack with cars. The well cars carry dinosaurs. At the end of the book, you learn that this train is part of a child's dream. The theme in this book is imagination. Dreams are a great place for your imagination. It also shows that imagination can be anything. This book was really good and made me feel happy. I liked all of the different animals and how they were the crew loading up the train. I recommend this book, especially if the child wants to read about imagination. It shows the children creativity even within a dream. The illustrations show which animal is doing what. My favorite was the polar bear pushing the big ice cream sunday onto the reefer car. It also is filled with train terms which can help children to learn about train in a fun way.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Neubauer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a story about a train that stops to pick up the crew, only the crew is a ton of animals. They load up the boxcar with many toys, each animals helping in some way. They fill each tanker with different colored paint, and each boxcar is filled with different things. Once they are done, they all rest as they head to the next location. The last car is the caboose who is the lookout. Once the crew is all asleep, the little boy with the train set falls asleep too! This is all a sweet dream. I l This is a story about a train that stops to pick up the crew, only the crew is a ton of animals. They load up the boxcar with many toys, each animals helping in some way. They fill each tanker with different colored paint, and each boxcar is filled with different things. Once they are done, they all rest as they head to the next location. The last car is the caboose who is the lookout. Once the crew is all asleep, the little boy with the train set falls asleep too! This is all a sweet dream. I love this story! You think all of the hard work the animals are doing for this train is real until you realize a little boy with a train set is dreaming. The illustrations were a fabulous addition to the book! This could be used in a classroom to encourage students to be creative and make their own stories with toys they are given! This will allow them to expand their minds and creativeness. I would highly recommend this book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Shannon

    This book was about different animals loading up a train. They had circus animals loading different train cars on the train. The animals included, a giraffe, polar bears, elephants, monkeys, and a t-rex. The neat twist at the end was that it all appeared to be the dream of a sleeping boy. The same train pictured in the dream was on the floor of the sleeping boy's room. I loved the part when the train ended up just being a part of the dream. What a neat story! It is interesting and extremely cool This book was about different animals loading up a train. They had circus animals loading different train cars on the train. The animals included, a giraffe, polar bears, elephants, monkeys, and a t-rex. The neat twist at the end was that it all appeared to be the dream of a sleeping boy. The same train pictured in the dream was on the floor of the sleeping boy's room. I loved the part when the train ended up just being a part of the dream. What a neat story! It is interesting and extremely cool how kids have such an amazing imagination. I think this book would be best used when talking about creativity and imagination. The students could talk about interesting dreams they have had about their toys.

  24. 4 out of 5

    FM Family

    I'm not generally a huge fan of Vehicle-focused books, but I appreciated this one in how it explained about all the different cars on the train, their names and what they do, in a fun way without hitting you over the head with it. Did a good job of being silly, informative, and calming, which is just what you'd hope for from a book called Steam Train, Dream Train. I'd give this a 3 overall, and based on my kid's interest level, but I'll rate it 4 because it stands out in the world of vehicle boo I'm not generally a huge fan of Vehicle-focused books, but I appreciated this one in how it explained about all the different cars on the train, their names and what they do, in a fun way without hitting you over the head with it. Did a good job of being silly, informative, and calming, which is just what you'd hope for from a book called Steam Train, Dream Train. I'd give this a 3 overall, and based on my kid's interest level, but I'll rate it 4 because it stands out in the world of vehicle books which can sometimes be pretty blah.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    This is one of my 2.5-year old's favorite books. We read this one every night, and he has the first several pages memorized and will quote them alongside me when I read it to him. He loves the illustrations, and picks out the toys/objects that are his "favorites" from each page, then will pick out others for his friends, grandparents, mommy, daddy, etc. I must say that this is also one of my favorites, and still enjoy it even after reading it over 50 times, at this point. This is one of my 2.5-year old's favorite books. We read this one every night, and he has the first several pages memorized and will quote them alongside me when I read it to him. He loves the illustrations, and picks out the toys/objects that are his "favorites" from each page, then will pick out others for his friends, grandparents, mommy, daddy, etc. I must say that this is also one of my favorites, and still enjoy it even after reading it over 50 times, at this point.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    Delightful, imaginative story! Well told and the illustrations are vivid and scrumptious. Ages: 3 - 5 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar. Delightful, imaginative story! Well told and the illustrations are vivid and scrumptious. Ages: 3 - 5 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This book takes a look at different parts of a train and uses fun illustrations to show the various uses of a train. The book uses a lot of different and fun vocabulary that is shown in the illustrations so children can consider what the word means based on the picture. This book would be great to read-aloud fo children around kindergarten through third grade and for some, it will be a fun one to independently read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    My three year old grandson LOVES to be read to but he can also be very reluctant to try a new book instead of one of his old favorites. He was absolutely enthralled with this story ,even when read on my phone. I think this will be a new favorite, as it combines trains with animals doing the sort of things he imagines when he plays.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    We really liked Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and I found this one at the library accidentally. It was definitely a dream type story -- animals loading trains! But it did give the names of the parts of the trains and we enjoyed that. We really liked Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and I found this one at the library accidentally. It was definitely a dream type story -- animals loading trains! But it did give the names of the parts of the trains and we enjoyed that.

  30. 5 out of 5

    LoveBug BookClub

    This is a lovely bedtime book for children. It explains all the different types of train cars and what can go in them, but in a way that is fun for kids. The illustrations make it even more fun as various animals load up the train. Watch Leeanne and Johanna read this book on our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiEGT9A7WTU This is a lovely bedtime book for children. It explains all the different types of train cars and what can go in them, but in a way that is fun for kids. The illustrations make it even more fun as various animals load up the train. Watch Leeanne and Johanna read this book on our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiEGT9A7WTU

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