Get Off Our Train
By John Burningham
little boy's mother is surprised that her son is still playing his
train set. She reminds him that he needs to get up early for school in
the morning. The young boy clutches his pajama case dog and falls asleep or
What ensues is him being a train engineer along
with his dog. Its foggy and they are joined by an elephant who is trying to
escape from having his tusks cut off. The threesome is joined by a seal who
cannot find enough to eat in the sea. A horrendous wind blows a crane aboard
the train. They are soon joined by a tiger who is losing his home in the
forest by woodcutters cutting down too many trees. As they travel,
there's much more snow. A polar bear is the last to join the crew aboard
the train. He is being chased by someone who wants to make a warm coat out
of his fur.
The boy decides that he has to head on home because
he has school in the morning. All of his new animal friends go along home
with him and his dog. His mother enters his room to awaken him for school.
She is confused because it seems their house has been taken over by an
elephant, a seal, a crane, a tiger and a polar bear. It brings up an
interesting question, just how did all these animals come to their house
over the night?
This delightful book brings to life, facts about
what has led to many
endangered species in an entertaining and educational manner. The title
becomes a repetitious phrase throughout the book as each different animal is
introduced. It is very easy to see why this book has won a Parent's Choice
award for illustrations.
Climb aboard the train and see what sort of
passengers climb aboard!