Friday, November 8, 2019

Trains Don't Sleep, written by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum, reviewed by Klaudia Janek

Student Reviewer: Amr A.
Summary: Trains Don’t Sleep, by Andria Rosenbaum is a picture book geared towards young readers who love or want to learn about trains. With vibrant drawings throughout, the story showcases different types of trains and features of trains. Different trains are seen moving through different landscapes. The trains travel through forests, cities, and even a circus all the while never stopping, continually moving forward. The trains travel and travel, and keep pushing forward The story ends with the train at night, still moving without rest, waiting for a new day.

Straight Talk for Librarians: This picture would be a good read aloud to a group of young readers. There is rhyme present through the picture book that pushes the reader to read with more conviction word after word similar to the forwardness of the train itself. The rhyme is very exciting and engaging. The vibrant, full-page oil paint illustrations provide eye-catching images to engage readers throughout the book. The color choice reflects earthy tones and the bright blue of some of the trains really stands out. The book conveys that trains don't ever take a rest, and keep pushing forward. The lesson that can be derived from this is that one should always keep pushing forward. I think that the book is appealing to young children as trains are a very fun topic for the target audience. With the personification of the trains, an easier understanding and connection with the text is experienced by readers. Through realistic illustrations, young students are further engaged in the book. Readers can also learn about alliteration from this book. It’s a good choice for a school library. There is a lot to unpack in this book, but it can also be read just for fun.

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