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The Little Red Caboose - Marian Potter

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Marian Potter / Hardcover / Reading Level: Ages 4-8 / 24 Pages / Book is published 1986-06 by Golden Books

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      01.01.2009 23:53
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      a great story

      The little red caboose is available from amazon.co.uk for just £1.95, it has 24 pages of beautiful illustrations that are bold and colourful attracting the attention of young children, the story is very enjoyable too for children who like trains and any other child.

      It is a classic childrens book that i remember being red to me when i was a child so when i saw it on amazon i just had to get it for my daughters, the story is very smple and very memorable so young children can join in.

      The story is about the red caboose who is feeling very sorry for himself, he is the smallest of the engines so no one realy pays him much attention, all the children wave to the other trains but not to him, he is very saddened by this and only wishes he had more of a use so that people would love him too, one day when the train was going up a very steep hill it started to slip backwards due to its heavy load and caboo helped him to get up the hill making him the hero and everyone realised just because caboo was small he was just as important as all the other machines, he was very happy.

      This is a lovely happy story that shows children that no matter how big or small you are we are all as important as each other, my daughters love this book.

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      04.08.2008 17:13
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      The Litle red caboose feels rather worthless until one day, he finds how much he is valued

      So, it's Christmas and we decide add to our son's book collection as part of his gifts for the season. He loves trains as much as any little boy probably ever did, and knowing how much he has loved his other Little Golden Books, when this came up on my Amazon list as recommended, we ordered it. Marian Potter's classic story is about a little caboose. For those not in the know, the caboose is that little car found at the back of a train, often used for storing large luggage and carrying a guard if needed.The cabooses were traditionally painted red, much in the same way that we associate gleaming black for a steam engine.

      The Little Red caboose ha some self image problems. he's smaller than the other cars and feels he is not as exciting as the engine. Why, all the children wave at the engine and the cars as they go past, but he is just the caboose, the back end of the rain, and nobody cares much for him. He resignedly carries on doing his job, when one day, while carrying passengers, the engine attempts to go up a mountain that proves too steep for it. The train and its cars begin to roll backwards, and the engine's brakes are not enough to stop it. The caboose finds HIS brakes , while not as strong, are enough to halt the train from running away backwards and hold it there until two larger engines can get up there to push them up the mountain to safety. Hooray! he has saved the day! So he might be small and last, but he is VERY important. Nor did his effort go unnoticed, as people heard about his deed and the children began to make sure they waved big waves especially for the red caboose as it went past.

      It's a nice little story about how being small doesn't mean that your contribution is not important. It also says a lot about self image, and how making sure a little praise is given here and there to show appreciation for the everyday efforts can help bolster confidence. The lovely rounded and sweet faced drawings of Tibor Gergely add to the enjoyment of the story and help illustrate it beautifully. This is the same artist featured in one of my son's other favourites from the Golden Books stable, The Happy Man and His Dump Truck, and like there, Gergely's original 1950's art reminds one of some of classic Disney's best. It's bright and colourful and just plain fun to look at. While my son loves having the story read to him, the pictures really make his day as he lies in bed afterward, simply drinking them in.

      being a Little Golden Book, it comes in the usual hardback format, with a sturdy laminated board cover and a gold foil spine with the Little Golden Books logo scattered upon it. The pages are their standard heavy duty acid free paper, made with many page turnings and young children as handlers in mind. Also standard is the price. Since its conception during the American Great Depression, the goal of the publisher was to publish high quality children's storybooks that sold for very little cost so that any and every child could have access to quality books. While along way from the original 10 cent price, the cost is pretty reasonably cheap at the grand sum of £1.52, the same for each title in the series. While distributed worldwide in English speaking countries, the only place I have seen them readily on offer is Amazon.co.uk, which has nearly the entire library available for purchase.

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