By: Julia Richardson
Illustrated by: Ryan O'Rourke
Publication Date: September 9, 2022
Review Date: October 26, 2022
Trains, trains and more trains - what child doesn't love a good train story? (Adults too!) In Let's Build A Little Train, youngsters will learn a bit about how trains are built and then watch as that train goes "choo, choo, chugga, chugga, choo, choooo" down the rails.
Building a train starts with designing the train...on paper, or rather, with blueprints. We meet an engineer who is designing a train and her "crew" - who help with the building of the train from cutting metal to make the "bogie base" to painters who bring vibrant colors to the locomotive's parts. It's hard work but when it's completed, we get to see lots of cool things such as a "cattle catcher," a cabin for the driver, and even a smoke stack. Once the train is built. the driver climbs into the cabin and shouts "All Aborad!" as the train chugga, chuggas down the tracks.
Let's Build A Little Train is a simple book that is perfect for the very young train enthusiasts. Illustrations are fun and will easily engage readers. The text does use words many children may be unfamiliar with - "bogie," "piston," "coupling," - but all are explained in a two-page back matter spread, along with photographs of each. The book isn't just fun, it's educational too.
Quill says: Young train lovers will love this "behind the scenes" story about building a train and watching it "chugga, chugga" down the tracks.