Story Port starts on Monday. Story Port is the library’s after school reading and activity time for kids ages 5 through 5th grade on Monday afternoons from 3:14 to 4:15 pm. Call or stop by to sign your kids up. Sign-ups also continue throughout the fall.
Our rotating collection is a great place to find children’s picture books (great for Story Port attendees!) and this week’s review is of one titled How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Easton, with illustrations by John Rocco. This tongue-in-cheek story guides the readers through the process of choosing, tracking, and training your very own pet train. It may be easier for the adults to go along with the imaginative storyline if you replace “train” with cat, dog, horse, or other pet.
The readers are led through the process of picking out and training a train by a young boy in a safari clothes. What kind of train will you pick out? A freight train from the countryside that travels in packs? Or a slick, stand-alone monorail from the city? After tracking and bring home your very own train, how about taming it with bath time, read-aloud books, and lullabies of clickety-clack. Trains can be taught to go through tunnels, and you may even get to ride your train, but not in the engineer’s cabin at first.
A cute reminder to parents at the back tells kids not to actually play on railroad tracks or to try operating a train without the proper lessons. This book might be a good way to introduce the idea of being responsible for an actual pet dog or cat in the house.
You can get the book reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”