Choo! Choo! Choo! The Train at the Zoo


Children - Animals
26 Pages
Reviewed on 04/06/2024
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Author Biography

Award-winning author, editor, and independent publisher Kathleen Welton champions the beauty of beaches, birds, and wildlife while promoting a sustainable future through her work.
Her critically acclaimed books are a testament to her passion for literacy. A Mom's Choice Awards gold winner, International Book Awards winner, and Best Book Awards finalist, Kathleen brings her dreams to life through collaboration with amazing editors and illustrators.

Fueled by a lifelong love of learning, Kathleen holds a BA in English and Italian Literature from Stanford University and a Feature Film Writing Certificate from UCLA Extension. After a successful career in book publishing, she's embarked on this exciting new chapter—as a writer of picture books.

When she is not writing, Kathleen enjoys meditation, getting lost in a good book, and exploring the shores of Lake Michigan. A true Californian at heart, she and her beloved Burmese cats now call Chicago home.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mimie Odigwe for Readers' Favorite

Choo! Choo! Choo! The Train at the Zoo, written by Kathleen Welton and with beautiful illustrations by Tamara Joubert, invites young readers on a whimsical journey on a train ride through the zoo, seeing the different animals. The lions roar, the gorillas swing from the trees, and the tigers, polar bears, and zebras play around the zoo’s landscape. Once it’s night, the owl hoots and the train ride comes to an end. With each turn of the page, young readers are immersed in the joyful chaos of the animal kingdom. The pace of this book is suited for its target audience, with short, rhythmic sentences that mirror the cadence of the train wheels turning. Children would find the story even more captivating and enjoyable if it is sung along to the timeless melody of The Wheels on the Bus by Cocomelon.

Through the lens of a train ride, children are introduced to a variety of zoo animals, which encourages curiosity, wonder, and excitement in exploring nature and wildlife. The characters are primarily the zoo animals, each brought to life through Tamara Joubert’s vibrant illustrations. The colorful images complement the text, capturing the attention of young readers and keeping them engaged throughout the journey. Overall, Choo! Choo! Choo! The Train at the Zoo by Kathleen Welton is a charming and captivating book that celebrates nature, fun, and adventures. With its engaging plot, vibrant characters, and delightful pacing, it is sure to be a favorite among young readers and a cherished addition to any children’s bookshelf.