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How to Train a Train    by Jason Carter Eaton & John Rocco order for
How to Train a Train
by Jason Carter Eaton
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2013 (2013)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

'So you want a pet train? Well, of course you do! Trains make awesome pets they're fun, playful, and extremely useful. Lucky for you, this handy guidebook contains everything you need to know to choose, track, and train your very own train. Ready? Then let's head out and find some trains!'

Thus begins this amusing picture book that walks the reader through catching and training the sometimes hard to catch train. First, you'll find pictures showing different types of train so you'll know which one you'd like for a pet.

Then there are detailed instructions on how to capture a train. The best method is to use smoke signals and chunks of coal which will help you attract and capture a wild train. (That's providing you are hunting for a steam engine!)

Once you get your train home, it is time to clean it up, give it a name, and begin training it. If your train is a bit nervous about its new surroundings, try reading it a story or playing some music. Once your train trusts you, it is time to teach it some tricks and then try riding it. It is best to begin in the caboose and then carefully work your way to the engineer's seat up front.

'Congratulations! You've given your train fuel, water, a good home, and plenty of friendship and fun everything it needs to be happy.'

The big, bold, colorful illustrations in this picture book are as much fun as the text. Any child who loves trains will want to read this book at story time. So ... all aboard!

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