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Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Little Engineer Lives Here

We have 4 different kinds of train tracks, and B asked me for another set in the store today. He loves creating tracks and their surrounding cities, forests, or farmlands. He loves making long chains of cars and towing them around loop after loop. It is no surprise that train books are always popular at our house. Our most recent find capitalizes on his love of trains and his growing interest in reading to provide a cognitive experience of participating in the storytelling.

Chugging Along in Rhyme and Picture
I'm Taking a Trip on My Train
I’m Taking a Trip on My Train, by Shirley Neitzel, uses both cumulative rhyming text and rebus pictures to make the story accessible to pre-readers. Each page adds another car, accessory, or location to the train story. The repetition of the rebus pictures used to replace key nouns (engine, tanker, people, trestle) not only emphasizes key vocabulary but also allows young readers to become familiar quickly and join in with the reading. This book became a favorite of B’s very quickly, and he not only fills in the words for the rebus pictures, but often finishes the rhyme with the descriptive text as well.

Appropriate for toddlers, preschoolers.

I’m on the hunt for other good rebus stories. Neitzel has several (we also enjoyed The Bag I’m Taking to Grandma’s). Anybody have other good rebus suggestions?

Enjoyed the new friends I met last week at Read.Explore.Learn. with JDaniel4’s mom, so you’ll find me there again. Leave a link with your book suggestion(s) and then check out the others listed both here and there!


Chels January 14, 2011 at 8:27 AM  

Thanks for the reminder about rebus stories. I looked up Neitzel just now at my library and they have the book you recommend and a few more!

We've read another rebus book by Shirley Neitzel, Our Class Took a Trip to the Zoo. Eric Carle's The Secret Birthday Message has some rebus and is a really fun book. We also liked the rebus book Inside a House That Is Haunted by Alyssa Satin Capucilli during Halloween time.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm January 15, 2011 at 4:29 AM  

I think that train book would go over really well in my house.

Laura at Library of Clean Reads January 15, 2011 at 8:26 AM  

That pic of your boy with his tracks reminds me so much of my own boy building train and car tracks!

JDaniel4's Mom January 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM  

I haven't explored rebus books with JDaniel. I bet he would love them. I added a link to my post tonight. Sorry I forgot to do it earlier.

Natalie PlanetSmarty January 20, 2011 at 11:33 AM  

We read some rebus books for beginner readers - a few of Dora/Diego readers are set up that way, but Anna was never really interested in them. I guess it's partially because she could read quite well on her own when I tried them.

Jackie Higgins January 25, 2011 at 4:53 AM  

We also love The Jacket I wear in the Snow.. especially good for this time of year, where we live. Also, The Twelve Days of Christmas by Rachel Isadora is a great rebus book... but it is a Christmas book. I don't know if she has any more rebus books but that one is FANTASTIC! In fact, I wrote a review of it here:

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