|Photo Meme for Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday|
The Vtech train is such a cool toy, providing hours of pleasure for our granddaughter. She is just at the right age for sitting on top and scooting along with her legs. It comes with all the bells and whistles. I love the music, with rhymes that teach the alphabet, numbers and names of animals. Do you have some Vtech educational toys for toddlers and preschoolers you recommend? This one is a hit!
For Book Sharing Monday
|Written by Sally Crabtree and Illustrations by Sonia Esplungas|
This train is unlike any other - it takes you deep into the ocean, through a monkey-filled jungle and into outer space. Hop on and imagine all of the places you can go!
"A train begins its journey with two children, an octopus, a Martian, a tiger, and a gingerbread boy among its passengers. It travels to the jungle, underwater, to outer space, to a land of cakes, etc. At each station, one of the passengers disembarks and a new child boards. By the end of the trip, all of the animals and magical creatures have been deposited in their proper settings and the remaining riders are now children returning from magical jaunts. The rhymed text offers few surprises and is extremely repetitive. Esplugas's multimedia art has many fun details that children will enjoy exploring in full spreads..." --School Library Journal
"Children already have a ticket for the Magic Train tucked within their imaginations. Sally Crabtree collects those tickets and offers kids a whimsical ride through seven different play-filled stations. The asymmetrically quirky illustrations are a treat (kids can follow aliens, faeries and sea creatures as they find their favorite stops) but the real appeal of this picture book is that it doubles as a game of make-believe. Get on the train, chug down the track, and jump out at the destination of your dreams. If you don't know how to play, ask your favorite little kid to serve as conductor, then sit back and enjoy the ride." --Sioux Falls Woman Magazine
"I used this book and CD with my 3 - 5 yr. old pre-school music classes and they loved it! The tune is very catchy and the kids love to pretend to blow the train whistle and imitate the train wheels! Highly recommend this one!"
"Bought this book for my twin 2 year old daughter's as a Christmas gift, and they love it! The bright, funny photos and catchy tune hooked them right away. They ask for it over and over! Although the tune is a little hard to follow at first, once you sing it several times, it is quite enjoyable. I'll be looking at more sing-a-longs from Barefoot in the future!"
Order this $6.99 paperback book at Magic Train Ride
I have to say, that riding on the train has been a real nice, relaxing experience for me. I started at Thousand Oaks and headed on down to San Diego, with a little stop over in L.A. The time seemed to go by quickly and I enjoyed reading a good book. One interesting highlight of my trip was to see everything outside pass me by in reverse. To see where you have been is a very interesting perspective. Ever been on a train ride?
“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis