Trains are little elephant’s favorite. But when he gets a chance to go on a train ride with some other kids, he finds out that not everyone is as fond of trains as he is. How can they play together?
Author / Illustrator: Judi Abbot
Length: 30 pages, 1-20 words per page
Word Choice: With a clear storyline and lots of simple wording and repetition, this story is perfect for toddlers.
Illustrations: Cute and playful paintings create a colourful imaginary world (where all kinds of animals take the train) that is easily understood by young children.
Read-aloud-ability: My kids requested this book a lot, and I did find it tiresome after a while. But because of its simplicity, in no time my 3 year old could “read” it to his sister —and he didn’t seem to mind!
Additional thoughts: If you are looking for a book for very young kids who like vehicles and are just learning to play with others, this is one to consider reading to them. In a cheerful way, it addresses serious toddler dilemmas such as sharing and “what to do when the other kids don’t want to play your game with you”.
Kids’ Vote: 4 Stars
Parents’ Vote: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars