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Two Little Trains: 06/29/10
According to the Boolynite review, the 1949 version of Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown had a boy driven train (streamlined and blue) and a girl driven train (smaller and pink). For the 2003 re-issue, new artwork was commissioned.
Although the artwork is new it is done in a retro style reminiscent of the late 1940s. The streamlined train depicted is the short of engine you'd see pulling trains across the country back then. The toy train is a clearly a wooden toy which in itself is timeless. It travels through a house full of things that could easily be from the late 1940s.
I checked out the updated version for Harriet. The streamlined train is now a train going cross-country while the "chug chug" train is a toy train going through a house. Their parallel journeys are shown side by side.
I read the book to myself before I read it to Harriet. I thought the parallel structure might be over her head but she not only understood the book but loved it. She declared it was the "best book" I've ever checked out from the library for her.