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A train book without trains?
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2015
This is part of a large series of Curious George books done "in the style" of the originals by Margret & H.A. Ray. Most are very good - sometimes even better than the originals, in my opinion. "Takes a Train" is not a bad book - it looks good and reads well - but for a 2 year old who loves trains, this book has (almost) no trains in it!
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.