I’ve said it many time on here, but I love books that promote conversation and prompt Little Miss C to ask questions and discover new things. The Sleepy Train is a sweet book in which Bear and his friends take a journey on the sleepy train all the way to the Land of Nod.
Written in rhyming couplets it’s got a good rhythm to read out loud at bedtime and has lovely illustrations with lots for young children to recognise and spot, especially in terms of animals. I did have to explain the whole concept of the Land of Nod to LMC as it was a phrase that she wasn’t at all familiar with. What amazed her most though was the idea of a bed on a train. “That’s so silly mummy. Train’s don’t have beds.” Cue a whole lesson about sleeper trains, maps showing how far the north of Scotland is from London and how you can actually go to bed on a train if you’re going a long way. This does now mean that i have a (nearly) four year old who is desperate to go to bed on a train to Scotland for a holiday. As a self-confessed train geek I can think of worse things, but it’s not the first thing that springs to mind when I think about planning a family holiday that’s for sure!
Little Miss C absolutely loved this book and went as far as asking for it to be read to her twice in one night this week. To be honest it isn’t one of my favourites, nor Mr C’s, but then again we’re not exactly the target audience. LMC is a big Sleepy Train fan.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of The Sleepy Train to review as Parragon Book Buddies. This post contains affiliate links.