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Cars are convenient; planes are fast; buses are cheap; but not one of these conveyances holds a candle to a train--and Donald Crews proves it in this "color concept book of outstanding quality" (Boston Globe). The train moves slowly at first, then it picks up speed, zooming across the page in a majestic blur of color, speed, and sound. Full color.

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In powerful words and vibrant illustrations, Donald Crews evokes the essence of inexorably rolling wheels, so that even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he has watched a freight train passing.

A book truly for the youngest child — and for every one of us who has been that child.

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"Clear bright illustrations show all the cars of a train bringing the reader the excitement of movement through day and night, country and city."--Booklist.

About the Author

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of two Caldecott Honor books, Freight Train and Truck. Among his other enormously popular books are such favorites as Night at the Fair, Sail Away, Bigmama's, Shortcut, and School Bus. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Donald Crews grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and says that all through his childhood the members of his family were always doing something with their hands. He was always drawing pictures. Now, in the old farmhouse where he lives with his wife, the noted author and illustrator Ann Jonas, Donald Crews is still drawing pictures.

After graduating from New York City's Cooper Union, Mr. Crews spent three years working as a designer. He was assistant art director of Dance magazine, on the staff of a small design studio, and did freelance work as a book-jacket designer. But in 1962 he was inducted into the Army, and for a time his artistic pursuits were set aside. As the end of his eighteen-month military stint in Germany approached, he assigned himself to the task of writing and illustrating a children's book to add to his portfolio. The result was the brilliant concept book We Read: A to Z (Harper &Row, 1967), which, nearly twenty years later, was reissued by Greenwillow Books. Ten Black Dots, a counting book, came next, and then several books for which he did illustrations only. But the turning point came in 1978, when Greenwillow published Freight Train, a picture book inspired by Mr. Crews's childhood train trips from Newark to visit his grandmother in Florida. It was named a Caldecott Honor Book. Since then, Mr. Crews has created several other highly acclaimed picture books (including Truck, a 1981 Calclecott Honor Book), all painted in the flat, clean colors and bright, unambiguous shapes that are the hallmarks of his striking graphics.

When Donald Crews is asked why he focuses on picture books, he frequently answers, "Why not?" All the tools necessary for the creation of any piece of art are also elements in a successful picture book. Mr. Crews chooses a subject, explores ways to develop the subject visually, writes a story, then produces his finished illustrations. And the final audience, the children, tell him that they like what he does. Why not, indeed!

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Alfred, August 18, 2007 (view all comments by Alfred)
There are a number of authors whose every book is well worth reading, and one of those is Donald Crews. My kids wore out two copies of this book and the third is still in piece merely because they are now a bit too old for it.

The quick pace and the lovely colors will amuse any child, but will thrill the train loving child. This one should be on your new parent gift list.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780688117016
Author:
Crews, Donald
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Author:
by Donald Crews
Author:
Roberts, Jimmy
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Concepts - General
Subject:
Color
Subject:
Railroads
Subject:
Concepts - Colors
Subject:
Children's stories, American
Subject:
Transportation
Subject:
Transportation - General
Subject:
Transportation - Railroads & Trains
Subject:
Railroads -- Trains.
Subject:
Golf
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
map MF-1312
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from PreS to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
24
Dimensions:
9.02x7.50x.9 in. .24 lbs.
Age Level:
02-UP

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"Synopsis" by , In powerful words and vibrant illustrations, Donald Crews evokes the essence of inexorably rolling wheels, so that even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he has watched a freight train passing.

A book truly for the youngest child — and for every one of us who has been that child.

"Synopsis" by , "Clear bright illustrations show all the cars of a train bringing the reader the excitement of movement through day and night, country and city."--Booklist.
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