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Steam Train, Dream Train

April 2, 2015

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A perfectly paced bedtime storybook that's sure to become a classic!

Published in print in 2013, this delightful digital book was authored by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, creators of the critcally acclaimed Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. With light animation and educational features like touch-to-hear text, Steam Train, Dream Train captures young listeners with a lyrical tale. Immensely rereadable, this story follows a sleepy-time train filled with animals heading to dreamland. From a dashing young rabbit to snacking dinosaurs, the various scenes will amuse young and old alike.

Extra features include the ability to record your own narration as well as excellent navigation with a nice visual thumbnail page guide. Ample settings allow adults to set the book up with or without audio and interactive elements. Links that leave the app are contained exclusively in the 'info' section under a parental gate that requires fluid reading and following complex directions.

Overall, this is a wonderful title for any digital library for young children, especially for night-time reading. As a digital book, it has nice, flexible settings and well-tailored interactive and animated elements. Featuring a perfectly paced bedtime story, Steam Train, Dream Train is sure to become a classic!

Highly Recommended!

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Steam Train, Dream Train

April 2, 2015

By: Carisa Kluver

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Sherri Duskey Rinker/Tom Lichtenheld

Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
8 - 12 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 2 - 5 +

English •

Length (pages):
24 Pages


Story Synopsis - Steam Train, Dream Train

The dream train pulls into the station. One by one the train cars are loaded—polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises load the autorack with race cars, kangaroos fill the hopper car with balls. Sweet (and silly) dreams are guaranteed for every train enthusiast! Explore animated pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have train lovers of all ages begging for more.

[Source: iTunes]


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, Record, Page Guide, News On/Off, Sound Effects/Interactions On/Off, Home, Links (under parental gate): AppStore, FB, Twitter, Email, Web, Privacy Policy

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Size: 79.7 MB

Version: 2.7

Lite Version Available: No



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