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Curious George Takes a Train Paperback – Picture Book, October 28, 2002
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Curious George is excited for a train trip with the man with the yellow hat, but when he tries to help out the station master, he gets himself into trouble. All is forgiven, though, when George helps a new friend in need and gets to ride up front with the conductor. Bonus connect-the-dots, fun facts, and telling time activities inside.
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Margret and H. A. Rey created many books during their lives together, including Curious George, one of the most treasured classics of all time, as well as other favorites like Pretzel, Spotty, and Find the Constellations. They had many pets—including two marmoset monkeys that joined them on one of their steamship journeys across the Atlantic. Committed philanthropists in their own lives, a portion of proceeds from each Curious George book sold flows to the Curious George Foundation, which funds programs for children that encourage inquisitiveness in learning and exploring. Curious George has been successfully adapted into a major motion picture and an Emmy-winning television show on PBS and “Pretzel and the Puppies,” based on their picture books, is a streaming series on Apple TV+. www.curiousgeorge.com www.pretzelandthepuppies.com
Martha Weston was the author and illustrator of two charming picture books about Tuck, as well as the illustrator of Clarion's successful Owen Foote books by Stephanie Greene. Martha Weston died in 2003.
- Publisher : HMH Books; Illustrated edition (October 28, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 24 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0618065679
- ISBN-13 : 978-0618065677
- Reading age : 4 - 7 years
- Lexile measure : AD500L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.13 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #319,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We don't really see any trains, inside or out, only the station and platform, and it's not that interesting. The book should be called, "Curious George Pokes Around a Train Station". Unless you've spent time in a large Amtrak station, kids probably won't understand the schedule board, and definitely won't understand why a man is manually swapping out letters and numbers. Then it's off to the train platform where George keeps a little boy from falling on the tracks. Yikes! Good safety lesson, I suppose, but not very fun.
And what's with the random Mrs. Needleman? She has no lines, then disappears with the Man in the Yellow Hat for the entire book.
The plot is repetitive but that is because George is always getting into trouble so you have the same pattern--he gets curious, he does something naughty, something bad happens, then something good comes out of the bad event, and then everyone is happy and George is usually a hero. This does not bother me in the least. My kids find his adventures interesting and never get bored with that "plot." To them, it is funny and what makes Curious George funny. Sure, if this was an adult book then the repetition might be problematic but thankfully it is not an adult book!
The illustrations are nice and detailed and provide a lot of material for my kids to look at while I read the story to them. The quality of the pages is good and it's nice that there is sometimes stickers or a little activity in the back, though truthfully my kids have never cared for them much.
I like that there are many of these books because my kids become familiar with George and the concept of series, and can distinguish one book in the series from another and even have favorites.
I really don't think you can go wrong with these books. I don't know many other kids that don't like these. They are a good investment!
Curious George Takes a Train is the first George book I've bought "sight unseen" (from Amazon.com). However, since my son loves both trains and George, I felt it was a great fit.
Granted, my son seems to like the book. Out of the four books illustrated/written in the Rey tradition, my son owns three by Martha Weston. The other--Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory--is illustrated by Vipah Interactive.
Weston is heavy on the black charcoal as it is (as seen in the shadowing of books like Curious George Visits a Toy Store), but she is *especially* heavy with the black illustrations in Curious George Takes a Train. In fact, it often looks as if a child has taken a black crayon and (no lie) colored vertical streaks of black right on top of the people!
It's very unattractive, in my opinion, but kids don't seem to notice these types of things. I also felt that the story was a bit harrowing for a George tale (a little boy runs from his father after a toy train, the gate closes behind him, and the boy almost goes out in front of the tracks--but George saves his life.)
The story is a bit quick...it goes from the Man with the Yellow Hat strolling off with Mrs. Needleman in the station to George climbing up and messing with the numbers and letters on the train schedule--and then off to saving the boy!
If your child is a train enthusiast who likes George, he/she will likely enjoy this book. However, as far as stories go--and illustrations--there are better books in this series, in my opinion.