I received the book Railroad Hank by Lisa Moser several weeks ago for review. I cannot even tell you the amount of times I have read it since then. It is frequently requested as a bedtime story and I never get tired of reading it. Railroad Hank is a big teddy bear of a train engineer who has a heart that far outsizes his brain. Some might say Hank is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but what he lacks in book smarts he makes up for with a heart of gold. Railroad Hank travels up the mountain with his trusty dog on a special mission to see Granny Bett because he heard she was feeling blue.
Along the way he stops and sees various friends like Country Carl and Cinnamon Cobbler who generously offer things for him to take to cheer up Granny Bett. Hank misunderstands exactly what he should be taking and that makes for a very funny story. Instead of taking Granny Bett some milk from Country Carl’s Cows, Hank takes the Cows and loads them on his train before Country Carl realizes. The same misunderstandings at every stop leave Hank with a train full of Hens, Cows, barrels full of pond water, an apple tree and a trail of friends chasing him. When he arrives at Granny Bett’s house she turns from blue to knee slapping laughter as Hank unloads the train and chaos results. They spend the whole day celebrating with the friends who were chasing the train and then everyone finds a place on the train and Hank even takes Granny Bett along too and hangs her porch swing right on the caboose.
I love to do the voices of the characters when I read stories and this book lets me do so many and it makes it so fun for me and the kids. The illustrations by Benji Davies are just perfect for this story and really give life to the characters. This heartwarming story is sure to delight any child. Mommy Ramblings loves this book so much we are adding it to our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide because it is such a great gift to share with a special child.
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