Thursday, June 02, 2011

Train Picture Books

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the WordBack again for another Read Aloud Thursday post! Last week I shared some newly discovered favorites with Bookworm1 (age 4 1/2.) This week I thought I'd share two of Bookworm2's (age 2 1/2) particular favorites. We'll start with the book he walked over to me with and asked me to take a picture of:

It is a newly beloved favorite. Why? Because it has words like: ice cream, party and cake in it.

In Thomas' Milkshake Muddle, Thomas is in charge of delivering milk and butter to the appropriate people so that cake and ice cream can be made for a childrens' party on the Island of Sodor. This is pretty much your typical Thomas the Tank Engine story. The reason Daddy and Mommy are happy enough to read this particular story over and over again is because our boys make it fun to do so. Each time we read the one of the aforementioned words, both of our boys let out loud cheers. It's a very interactive story and therefore fun. (Otherwise, reading Thomas all the time can become a bit, um, wearisome.)

One morning Bookworm2 discovered Choo Choo, by Virginia Lee Burton tucked away in the bookshelf in his room. He pulled it out and asked Daddy to read it to him. We've been reading it, at least once a day, ever since. I'm not kidding. Every single day either Mommy or Daddy sits down and reads Choo Choo to our little choo choo fiend. If you have never heard of this story before, well, let me enlighten you!

(BTW - yes, this is my little Bookworm2 with his beloved book ---->)

Choo Choo is the name of the train and she is a smart, small little engine who carries people from the little station in the little town to the big station in the big town every single day. (And naaah, we do not have this book even the teeniest little bit memorized!) One day Choo Choo decides she's had enough of carting people around and she decides she is going to take off all by her lonesome. Her disobedience gets her into a spot of trouble but she does have a wild time of things as she runs away.

Other books that Bookworm2 make a regular habit out of pulling down from the bookshelf:

The Little Engine That Could

The Little Red Caboose

We recommend any or all of these. With some regularity.

In addition, are are two books that I picked out for an upcoming road trip:

The Little Train

My Big Train Book

Train books can typically and predictably keep Bookworm2 occupied for a good period of time so I have high hopes and dreams for these. We'll see how things go!

In the meantime, I'm off to find out what others are reading aloud with their kids. Visit Hope is in the Word to expand your reading list for you and yours. Just because it's fun!


Annette W. said...

We have two Little Engine That Could is an ABC and the other is The Big Chase. Both are very popular here, too.

Choo Choo looks great!

Barbara H. said...

Thomas came out after my kids were past interest in kids' shows and picture books, but we loved The Little Engine That Could and read it multiple times.

I'm pretty sure we had The Little Red Caboose, too.

Fun memories!

Shonya said...

LOL! I love it! My just-turned-five Easton LOVES trains! Most of those books are also on our shelves. Last week he came to me and said "can we study trains next in our preschool?" Precious

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I see lots of train books in our future! Don't you just love Virginia Lee Burton? love the picture and this post, of course!

Belle Wong said...

My little guy has been in love with train books since he was 2, too. He just turned 8, and nothing's changed. Even though he's reading graphic novels now, he'll still take the time to pull an old, beloved train picture book off his shelves!

Janet said...

A Thomas was the first toy my daughter saved her own money to buy. Now it's all horses around here, but I remember the train days. Looks like you've got a good book collection to fan the imaginative flames!

Beth said...

Your post brought back a lot of memories. My soon to be 9 year old loved trains and we read all these books over and over and over when he was a little guy. I personally love all of Virginia Lee Burton books and Lois Lenski's "Little" books.

Brimful Curiosities said...

My son went through a train phase just a little while ago. His favorites are Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis and Down by the Station by Will Hillenbrand.

Amanda said...

Oh I'm so glad you posted this- my son Jonathan is just enamored with trains these days. He loves Thomas and the Little Engine that Could. I'm not familiar with the Virginia Lee Burton one-- going to go request that one from our library. Thanks for sharing! :)

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