TRAINS DON’T SLEEP
By Andria Rosenbaum
Illustrated by Deirdre Gill
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
I won a beautiful autographed copy of TRAINS DON’T SLEEP from KIDLIT411.com. After our family success last November with my birthday trip to The Polar Express train ride (it was my birthday, after all – I love books and Christmas!), I knew this train book was sure to please my train-loving grands! I was right.
TRAINS DON’T SLEEP tells the tale of many different working trains. Trains don’t rest, but chug and pull to carry people, goods, and animals. The story begins while families sleep and trains wake the day with their bustling work. As the day goes on, the trains continue their work in all sorts of environments like big cities, plains, mountains, and forests. Tucked into bed, families go back to sleep while the trains keep racing towards the next brand new day. This picture book makes a great bedtime read-together.
What I loved about this rhyming story is the train vocabulary! Readers will enjoy the rhythm of the words and hear language specific to trains. Fluid gorgeous illustrations perfectly compliment the tale of trains. A picture glossary identifies different trains and train-related fixtures.
If you know a train lover, share TRAINS DON’T SLEEP and see how quickly it becomes a favorite.
Here are some fun train activities you can do with your family.
*Visit a train museum.
*Play with train toys and cover the floor with tracks and make-believe adventures.
*Stand in a line. Show each person how to hold a hand on the shoulder of the person in front of him or her. Use the other arm, hand, and feet to shuffle and move like a train. Make sure to chug-chug-choo-choo!
*Dig out the markers, crayons, and paper. Draw train tracks, engines, and rail cars. Add your favorite scenery.
*Flatten play dough and use toy trains to make train tracks across the dough.
*Take a ride on a train!