Wake Up, Freight Train!

by Danna Smith (Author) Jon Andersen (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Hop aboard this train-shaped board book that introduces each car of a freight train during a nighttime adventure!

Blow the train whistle,

shovel more coal.

Here we go, freight train!

Get ready to roll!

Toot-toot goes the horn,

Blink-blink go the lights,

Clang-clang goes the bell,

all through the night.

Featuring all the cars of a freight train, this board book is perfect for young readers who love trains! And since freight trains ride at night, there are adorable sleepy animals throughout for little ones to find.

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Toddler-PreS-Bound to be popular with young ones who like trains, these witty rhymes tell readers of each freight car's function as they roll past on an all-night journey. The book's lulling rhythm, like a clicking-clacking track, is fitting for bedtime as darker illustrations reveal sleepy animals watching the train chug by. VERDICT This is surprisingly soothing fare, and sure to be a winding down favorite.

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Danna Smith
Danna Smith is a poet and award-winning author of numerous books for children, including One Blue Gnu; Rooftop Garden; Wake Up, Freight Train!; and several Little Golden Books. Her nonfiction picture book, The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry, received two starred reviews and is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year. Danna currently lives in northern California, where she is hard at work on her next book. For more information about her books and teaching activities, visit her website at DannaSmithBooks.com.

Jon Andersen grew up on the western slopes of the Wasatch Mountain Range with his aerospace engineer and inventor father and music and English teacher and composer mother, who always encouraged him to develop his creative talents. After studying at the Art Center College of Design, Jon designed Hallmark cards and illustrated children's books and associated products.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2022

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