You can just imagine what is going to happen when the Monkey starts driving the train. The engineer is left behind, but the train is coming through on time.
The biography of Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller provides a great starting place for exploring folk music, traveling musicians, train travel, and music genres.
5 to 9
2 to 9
Read with 6-year-old child.
Borrow. Younger kids will love the illustrations, and older kids will enjoy having a visual complement to the music.
Our child requested this book several nights in a row. S/He liked to add the sound of the train whistle as we turned the pages.
The illustrations are great, but it this story is clearly meant to be a song, and adding a CD would probably add more pizazz to the book. After the second time, we had read this enough. The biography of Jesse Fuller is great, but lost on our child.
The engaging illustrations bring to life the lyrics of a folk song. Kids will enjoy the imagery of a monkey driving a train.
Although you can listen to the music online, it would be nice to have the music on hand with the book to encourage a "read along" on the go.