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Rusty's Train Ride

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In this delightful series of Farmyard Tales stories, Poppy and Sam discover the newly restored Apple Tree Station and its steam train. These short stories have been written, with the help of a language expert, for children who are just beginning to read. With encouragement from an adult, beginner readers will be able to achieve the pleasure and satisfaction of reading a whole book for themselves.

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This is Book 14 in the Farmyard Tales Minibook Series Series. See all Farmyard Tales Minibook Series books here.

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14th February '19
I read it to myka aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
My daughter loves this series and this was no exception. She has got in to vehicles of all kinds lately so loved seeing the train and loves that Rusty was a hero at the end even though you think he's being naughty!
10th February '17
I read it to Ragdollkhanbaby aged 5 aged 5
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4 stars
This story is typical of the Apple Tree Farm series, Rusty goes on a train ride to rescue a puppy, these books are ideal for little ones and for those learning to read but there is no depth to the story, colourful illustrations though with each story.
22nd January '17
I read it to RCHogan aged 2 aged 2 & to AIHogan aged 1 aged 1
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4 stars
This sweet story is one from the Usborne Farmyard Tales series. This tale focuses on Rusty the dog; when the Boot family visit the old steam train, a lady on the platform realises her puppy is missing then suddenly Rusty pulls himself free and jumps on the train as it pulls out of the station. Finally the train comes back, Rusty gets out, carrying the puppy. It's a lovely story but I always feel like it misses a chunk of the plot by not exploring what Rusty did on the train. My toddlers love the fact there's a train and a dog primarily involved; two of their favourite things!

The illustrations are brightly coloured and cheerful; they work well with the text - offering clues to the words we're reading. They are full of details which makes them wonderful for talking about with my toddlers - a great exercise for their language development. There is a little yellow duck hiding on each page which keeps my little ones engaged and entertained.

I really like the design of the Farmyard Tales series: the text is split into two levels; the top one is short and simple and the bottom is longer and more complex. They are designed with young readers in mind, they begin with the simpler text then move on to the more advanced lines as they gain confidence. I've found the format works just as well for reading out loud for toddlers: the top line is great for very young children or when they are struggling with attention. The bottom lines expand and lengthen the story - great for when they're older or with better attention spans.

There is plenty of longevity in this book; it's suitable for a range of ages and abilities which ensures we can come back to it for years to come. 
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