Lisa Moser is a fantastic author ("Perfect Soup" is one of my all-time favorites), so I was so excited to be asked to review her new release, "Railroad Hank"
The book did not dissappoint! A narrative that is really all about connection, love, acceptance, and caring for others with a storyline that will keep your kids laughing the whole time (and probably you too). From a developmental standpoint, this is a wonderful book to start teaching your children the concept of "what comes next" - a sequencing skill important in learning how to read.
We really enjoyed this book, making the train sounds together, and enjoying each other at the same time.
Book for Children Ages: 2 years old to 8 years old
- Have your children make the train sounds along with you at each phase.
- You can also make the various animal sounds together.
- Try to have your child guess what Railroad Hank will actually take on the train next before turning the page to reveal his silly mistake.
Related Discussion Questions:
- What cheers you up when you are sad?
- What are some ways that you can help other people feel better if they are sad?
- What is your favorite food to eat? Where does it come from?
Activities for Kids:
- Line up boxes or laundry baskets as a train. Fill the "box cars" with toys, stuffed animals, or pillows. Take turns playing the conductor of the train.
- Think of someone you know who might need cheering up and a way to help make their day.
- Draw a picture of your favorite food and where it comes from. If you can, think of all the different steps it goes through so you can eat it.
Cultural Diversity: The one thing that was missing from this book was diversity. Though I did appreciate showing a diversity of ages, it would have been helpful to have some cultural/ethnic diversity as well.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book