Book Summary: A colorful train in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple speeds across a simple track. Simple, block letters describe the types of car on the train through repeated sight words and short sentences.
Professional Review: From School Library Journal (1978) “Happily, Crews did a fine job with Freight Train’s illustrations which aptly convey the excitement of a train rushing by in a blur of color” (p. 131).
DeVinney, G., & Gerhardt, L. N. (1978). Freight train/rain (Review of the book Freight train). School Library Journal, 25(2), 131.
Library Uses: This text would make an engaging story time text for early readers. Children could re-enact the story by using felt cut-outs of the train carts, tunnel, track, etc. and the teacher can help to label the motion of the train using the action verbs from the story.