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Freight Train Board Book (Caldecott Collection)


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ISBN13: 9780688149000
ISBN10: 0688149006
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Now toddlers can help spot the different colored cars of Crews's freight train in this sturdy board book edition of the Caldecott Honor Book. (Baby/Preschool)


"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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2izzsmom, September 27, 2006 (view all comments by 2izzsmom)
My son got this board book at one of his Wellness Checks at his pediatrician's office. He loves it. The books has suffered, unfortunately in the hands of two little boys one being three and the other two, (fighting over it) but they always ask for me to tell it to them before they go to sleep at night. I think it is great because it allows children to learn thier colors and the lines are easy enough for them to memorize and say it along with you. I am going to buy aditional copies of the book to put in a time capsule for my sons. Excellent children's book.
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Product Details

Crews, Donald
Greenwillow Books
by Donald Crews
Picture books
Concepts - General
Children's Baby - Boardbooks
Transportation - Railroads & Trains
Transportation - Trains
Edition Description:
Caldecott Collection
Series Volume:
no. 16
Publication Date:
Board book Child's book with all pages printed on board
Grade Level:
from PreS to K
5 x 6 in 6 oz
Age Level:

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