84. “A Train Goes Clickety- Clack” by Jonathan London


For a grown-up a train can be delayed or on time, empty or crowded, quiet or noisy. We keep it simple and factual. But when you are a child, the train analysis goes much deeper. A train can go “chugga-chugga” or “clickety-clack”, or even “jiggly-rumba” Its wheels can clatter, couplings clang and whistles choo-choo. There is a whole new vocabulary connected with those long and mighty machines. Don’t ask me why, but little boys and girls alike, can spend hours pushing little wagons around the train table,  watching movies about talking trains or reading books, if  only they feature a little engine. That’s how engaging trains are!

What would we do without your invention, Mr. James Watt! Writers would be deprived of a big chunk of their source of inspiration! Luckily we do have trains. Jonathan London wrote a great picture book about them,  Denis Roche illustrated the book with bright pictures, and hopefully you will read it to your child. Not only is it a fun read-aloud, but it is also a great way to introduce children to the concept of opposites: fast-slow, up-down, old-new.

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    Sep 28, 2011 @ 13:28:08

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