I was recently sent a couple of books from Abrams & Chronicle to look at with the children. I knew as soon as the books tumbled out of the package that they were sure to be winners, and I wasn’t wrong. As soon as the children spotted them they got stuck straight in.
Steam Train, Dream Train Colours and Steam Train, Dream Train, 1-2-3 are such lovely books. Counting books are a big hit here as Mr D is really into counting and Miss E is now beginning to show early signs of starting to count.
They are lovely strong and sturdy board books, perfect for the target age range and they are beautifully illustrated. I saw a review a while back for a book called Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and it’s long been on the wish list for the children – which child doesn’t love diggers and other construction vehicles? Having read these two Steam Train, Dream Train books, I’m even more determined to get a copy for the children of Goodnight, Goodnight as I’m sure it will make it into the regular reading pile.
The ‘colours’ version is a train full of rainbow cars and has a set of varied animal passengers to discover. As you might expect, the text has a lovely gentle rhyme which makes it nice and easy to read as well as being engaging for the children. I do enjoy books that rhyme and have a nice flow to them. When you’re on book nine or ten of a reading session it does make it a little easier!
The ‘1-2-3’ version is just as lovely with lots of different and varied things to count and nice easy rhyming text to read. Both the children have really enjoyed reading these two books and I think the finish of them is really nice too. They’re a matt finish (rather than shiny) and I’ve seen the children touching and stroking them as they do feel quite different to any of the other books we have.