Trainstop

Barbara Lehman’s Trainstop follows a similar formula to her other wordless picture books, like Museum Trip or Rainstorm, showing how an ordinary day can become extraordinary through an accidental twist of fate. Booklist: “Panels in shifting sizes show a little girl boarding a train with her parents and gazing out the windows at a gray city. After the train enters a tunnel, and the windows darken, the girl’s imagination fills in the view. Suddenly, a summer meadow appears, the train makes a stop, and the girl disembarks into a crowd of Lilliputian folk, who lead her to a pint-size aviator lodged, along with his glider, in a small tree. The girl rescues the fellow and returns to the train, leaving the green world behind. Back in the city, she follows her parents home, but a surprise visit from her miniature friends continues her whimsical dream. Once again, Lehman’s spacious, boldly outlined pictures tell a deceptively simple story that demands repeated visits as it seemlessly captures a child’s joyful wandering between reality and imagined play.” That said, at the end, all the trees from fairyland scattered around the city would suggest that the visit was not such a dream after all. Maybe it was real? Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: five jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on August 5, 2010.

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