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Book review: 'How to Train a Train' by Jason Carter Eaton

Book review: ‘How to Train a Train' by Jason Carter Eaton
by Jennifer Palmer Published: January 4, 2014

“How to Train a Train” by Jason Carter Eaton (Candlewick Press, 48 pages, in stores)

Train-loving tots will be on board with this tale, which locates trains in their natural habitat and instructs readers on how to “catch” one for a pet.

However, “How to Train a Train” misses the mark with safety-conscious parents — especially the illustration of a girl in a fairy costume trying to stop a train in its tracks. A note to the readers after the story is told, detailing the situations in the book and warning “all of these things are extremely dangerous and should be performed only by fully trained illustrated characters,” does little to assuage the fear that a child might imitate the characters in the book. The story is unique, and the popular train names are adorable: Sparkles, Smokey, Sir Chuggsalot. While the tongue-in-cheek storyline had potential, the author should have done without showing children in dangerous situations.

— Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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