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Freight Train

Freight Train

by Donald Crews and Donald Crews
Publication Date: 04/03/2003
RRP  $25.35 $25.25
A Caldecott Honor Book

Red caboose at the back, orange tank car, green cattle car, purple box car, black tender and a black steam engine . . . freight train.

In simple, powerful words and vibrant illustrations, Donald Crews evokes the rolling wheels of that childhood favorite: a train.

This Caldecott Honor Book features bright colors and bold shapes. Even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he or she has watched a freight train passing after reading Freight Train.

Donald Crews used childhood memories of trains seen during his travels to his grandparents' farm in the American South as the inspiration for this timeless favorite.
General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Publication Date:
Greenwillow Books
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
Donald Crews

Donald Crews grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and spent summers with his grandparents in Florida. The long train trips south would eventually provide the inspiration for several of his works, including the 1979 Caldecott Honor book Freight Train and the acclaimed Bigmama's.

He graduated from The Cooper Union and spent three years working as a designer, but his career was interrupted in 1961 when he was drafted into the army. As the end of his term in the military approached and he began to plan his return to civilian life, he assigned himself the task of writing and illustrating a children's book to add to his portfolio.

The result was the striking concept book We Read: A to Z, published in 1967, quickly followed by the iconic counting book Ten Black Dots. Crews's hallmark flat, clean colors and bright, unambiguous shapes are also found in Truck, a 1981 Caldecott Honor selection; Harbor (1982); School Bus (1984); Flying (1986); and Each Orange Had 8 Slices, written by Paul Giganti (1992).

His books have been published in numerous languages and are a mainstay of children's and classroom libraries nationwide. Donald Crews was married to the late Ann Jonas, who was also a noted and influential author and illustrator of works for children. He lives in New York State.

Donald Crews

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

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