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The Rain Train

by Elena de Roo
Illustrated by Brian Lovelock

Published by Candlewick Press, 2011
24 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠩636-53132

Ages 2-5

揥hen the rain fingers drum out a dance on the pane, / When the windows are foggy enough for my name, / A pitter-pat-pat, a pitter-pat-pat, / A pittery-pittery-pittery-pat. A brown-skinned boy imagines that the rain on his window is a train arriving in his neighborhood. All the children emerge from their homes and climb on board for a journey that surely owes at least some of its inspiration to Chris Van Allsburg抯 Polar Express. Author Elena deRoo makes this a story all her own with a sound- and rhythm-rich narrative that masterfully uses onomatopoeia. Brian Lovelock capitalizes on a dark, colorful nighttime palette as the fanciful, soothing story plays out in lovely illustrations that feature a diverse group of children. 揝torm past the stations, no one alights. / Safe in my sleeper, I steam through the night. / Ssshhhhhhhhh.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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