Follow the Track All the Way Back

Follow the Track All the Way Back

Follow the Track All the Way Back
Timothy Knapman

Walker Books Ltd

ISBN 9781406360592

Today is a BIG day for little Train ... he's going out on the track, all by himself, for the very first time! From Ben Mantle and Timothy Knapman, the author of Soon and Time Now to Dream, comes the story of a Little Train who is going out on the track, all by himself, for the very first time! But before he goes, his Mummy and Daddy remind him: "When it's time to come home, no matter how far you are, just follow the track all the way back, where we'll be waiting." So Little Train heads off into the unknown with a clickety-clack... But, when night falls and the track runs out, will he remember what to do? Taking its place beside the classic The Little Engine That Could, young readers will share Little Train's trepidation and excitement in this uplifting and extraordinary read-aloud adventure, and rejoice in the gorgeously atmospheric artwork of illustrator Ben Mantle.

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Follow the Track All the Way Back5/5

Follow the Track All the Way Back

Timothy Knapman

Review

A wholesome story combined with beautiful illustrations, this story will be a favourite of all young children.

There is certainly a vintage feel to this book as it tells the tale of Little Train going out into the big wide world for the first time by himself. On his adventure exploring the tracks, Little Train goes through a great green field, across a bridge, up a steep mountain, beside a roaring river until he reaches the end of the track. Caught up in the excitement of his adventure, Little Train has soon forgotten the last words of Mummy and Daddy Train - 'No matter how far away you are, just follow the track all the way back.' But, as night-time draws in, will Little Train be able to find his way back home safe to Mummy and Daddy Train?

The digitally-enhanced, beautiful hand drawn illustrations sit perfectly as an accompaniment to this family story. Bright and colourful with carefully placed details, Ben Mantle's illustrations capture the emotions and expressions of Little Train as his journey progresses and children will emphasise and delight as his narrative develops.

Timothy Knapman incorporates a variety of vocabulary to stimulate a young person's mind through the sound effects of Little Train - 'Clumpety-Clip' and 'Zippety-Zoom'. This is a story about becoming more independent, but always knowing your way safely back home, and Knapman bestows this message in a beautiful way.

Heart-warming and sweet, this story will be enjoyed by parents, grandparents and fully engross your child. With a popular child's toy -trains - as the main character, this is a story that will be asked for again and again at bedtime.

Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Joanna Hewish, teacher.

Reviewed by: Joanna Hewish - Teacher