Train Song is children’s book When you read the book out loud, the words make the sounds passenger trains make as the pass-through cities and the countryside. The illustrations by Mike Wimmer, which are paintings, are beautiful.
Here is the song of the train. Listen to the train as it rushes past big cities and small towns. Listen to the train as it sweeps through forests and fields and into tunnels. Hear the whistle wailing, brakes squealing, wheels rolling, r-o-l-l-i-n-g, stop. Now the train is homeward bound. All aboard! Train Song!
Diane Siebert is a writer and poet. She was inspired to write this book and many others by her ten-year trip with her husband throughout North America. The book captures the rhythm of the train and is influenced by her poetic ability. She won the Notable Children’s Trade Book in Social Studies, NCSS/CBC, and Children’s Book of the Year designation, Library of Congress, both 1990, and Notable Children’s Book designation, American Library Association (ALA), 1991, all for Train Song.
Mike Wimmer is an illustrator, painter and graphic designer. You will appreciate the detail in his paintings in this book. With Diane Siebert, he won the Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, National Council of Social Studies/Children’s Book Council, 1991, for his illustrations in Train Song.
Train Song is a book your kids will enjoy. They can mimic the sounds of the train as it rolls through the countryside and cities. The illustrations (paintings) by Mike Wimmera are beautiful. Your child will enjoy this book and it is good for an early reader. Please consider the other wonderful books on trains on the “On the Rail Books” website.
There were a number of printings of this book. This printing of Train Song was printed in 1981. It also was a library book.