Jump on board the little red train as it chugs along the seaside and through the forest. Can you count the noisy birds along the way?
When I think of widening my reading, this isn’t the first book that comes to mind but with a flair for the dramatic actions and voices – and a baby – this can be an incredibly fun book to engage with.
This came into my possession from a free reading pack given by the NHS, and so naturally I grabbed it for myself, curled up in a corner and took my time to savour the feel of the thick card pages and bright drawings. It’s still my go to book for Amelia purely for selfish reasons.
There is plenty of colour and things to point out and talk about, as well as the number and type of birds, there is variety in the settings from city to farmyard, and Amelia and I often find ourselves going off on tangents such as which farmyard animal smells worse.
There is a repeated line Chuffa chuffa choo choo…here comes the train! Clickety clack on the track. Going to… to which I unintentionally repeat clickety clack for more rhythm as the star of the show is the train. It feels more intuitive, or maybe I am just too enthusiastic.
ignoring the urge to deconstruct the plot and examine it as a philosophical as well as literal journey about life, it is fair to say that this is simply a fun story, especially just before the bath time commences.