Two Little Trains

HarperCollins/Harper. Mar. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062676511.
PreS-Gr 2–First released in 1949 and illustrated by Jean Charlot, this classic story has been reimagined for a new generation with brand new illustrations. Brown tells readers that “Two little trains went down the track, two little trains went West. Puff Puff Puff. Chug Chug Chug.” Two different trains—a streamliner and a steam engine—both travel down a long steel track, through a dark hill, over a river, through the rain, through the snow, and on until they reach the edge of the West. Pizzoli’s illustrations have the look of sponge painting; stamps and a mix of digital media add texture, vibrancy, and bring the journey to new life. Train lovers will delight in the simple singsong text.
VERDICT Toddlers and preschoolers who love trains will delight in the tale while adults familiar with the original book will appreciate the opportunity to introduce it to a new generation.

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