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How to Train a Train, by Jason Carter Eaton

trainHow to Train a Train
Jason Carter Eaton
Illustrated by John Rocco
2013 Candlewick Press
ISBN – 9780763663070
Genre – Picture Book
Age – Preschool
4.5 Stars

We all want a pet train, why? “Trains make awesome pets.” This manual tells you everything you need to know about tracking, selecting and training your very own train. First you must decide what kind of train you want, then you have to catch it. After you find the right one it is time to give it the right name, then the training may commence. If you work hard to give your train a great home, he will provide you with great friendship!

This book is adorable. It makes the idea of training a train just like training a dog. It mentions that some trains like to play fetch, but you also have to teach them not to jump up on people. It also cautions that it may take time for your new train to become comfortable. All of these important lessons can be a great way to introduce the idea of a new pet dog in your household. Not to mention kids love trains. They make great noises, and this book highlights some of those noises, which can make for great interactive reading. I really enjoyed the illustrations as well. John Rocco’s style is different from a lot of children’s books. The pictures are realistic, while still being light and whimsical. How to Train a Train almost had me convinced on my next pet, but I don’t think I have the space!


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