Steam Train, Dream Train 1-2-3, takes kids on a ride while they learn numbers one through ten. Each page focuses on one number, the illustrations emphasizing that number in several different ways. The book starts with, “One engine holds one happy bear, rolling through the nighttime air. One headlight shines, one whistle blows, one bell rings as the engine goes.”
Young children also learn about the types of cars on a train, as animals ride in the engine, a flatbed car, a boxcar, hopper car, caboose, and more.
Steam Train, Dream Train Colors brings splashes of color while staying true to the overall look of the series. Animals, such as dinosaurs, monkeys, a giraffe, lion and others, ride the train. Some defy their normal colors, like a pink hippo and the purple bear. Others, like the white polar bear and the grey elephant, are more natural looking.
Both books feature soothing colors that evoke evening light, and they are great books to encourage little children to get sleepy while being read to.
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