I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track

I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track


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The liveliest rhythm and rhyme, and really cool art, carry children off on a captivating journey along the railroad tracks with a hungry little ant and the gentle giant of a switchman who cares for him.

Well, I saw an ant on the railroad track.
The rail was bright.
The ant was black.
He was walking along, tickety tack.
(That’s the sound of an ant on a railroad track.)

What an entertaining trip this is! Children will delight in the playful and musical language, endearing and uniquely styled illustrations, and wonderfully warm story that make this picture book so special. When switchman Jack, eating lunch by his shack, spies an ant walking along the railroad track, he immediately gets worried: it’s an eastbound ant on the westbound track, and that means a train could run SMACK into the little guy. He knows he has to do something to help… Youngsters will feel gratified and reassured by Jack’s affection for the tiny creature: after all, they—just like the ant—are very small in a big world. And they’ll really love the way the adorable little bug has the smarts to save itself!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402721830
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 04/28/2006
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 325,615
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Joshua Prince lives in Westport, Connecticut, but rides a train daily to his life as an advertising writer in New York. A brief encounter with an ant at his regular station inspired this book. He is married with three children. I Saw an Ant on a Railroad Track is his first book.

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I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 361 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is just so much fun and GREAT to read aloud where you can really add to the building excitement with your tone of voice. The rhymes are right-on and even my 2 year old is on the edge of his seat when we read it. The first time I read it, my two year old was very concerned and a little bothered because the writing is very 'dangerous'--the author does a good job of creating anxiety. But now that my little one knows the ant gets saved every time, he squeals with glee as the tension in the book builds, and always has a big smile for the ant when he jumps to safety. And I love Jack in the book, who comes off as a gentle giant who ends the book with a picnic with the ant, his new friend. Great book!
ladycake More than 1 year ago
I liked the song and music on the front page of the book. My granddaughter wanted Nook to read this story to her several times. Easy to listen to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We received this book as a gift for our 2 and 5 year old boys, both train lovers. Our oldest son shares the same name with the switch man - Jack. This is a great read aloud, suspension filled and truly happy ending picture book perfect for 2 to 7 year olds. The illustrations are fantastic. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite nook color books. It is read really well, it's sweet, and touching.
WilsonsGaga More than 1 year ago
My 3-year old Grandson loves this book! He loves making the Ant bigger with his little fingers. Def a great purchase!
Orli Rein More than 1 year ago
love it!!!!!!
Tanya Palmer More than 1 year ago
i read this 2 my little sister evryday and she luvs it!
Sandra Baltazar More than 1 year ago
Both my children loved it. They want to keep reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
justduckyVT More than 1 year ago
My grandson loves this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My boys are 5 and 7, but they both love this book! My youngest one is a train and a bug addict, so we got this book last year. However, the older boy loves it too! It's just so cool the way that the ant makes it! The way that we read it is awesome too with a special tone and excitement! They would love to hear it over and over!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this last year on my NOOK for my (then) 3 year old son and he loved it! The animation, activities, and story are really fun! We read it over and over again. He's 4 now and it's still his favorite. I highly recommend it!
Kathleen Sparrow More than 1 year ago
Get it its worth the money!
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Sprouting_Soles_Creator More than 1 year ago
Super cute rhyming story & the ant is adorable! This is a "Read to me" book, which is why my 4 year old loves it but he also likes the story too! His daddy is a switchman.
Anonymous 4 months ago
We love to rhyme! Fun story.
Jenpark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A railroad switchman tries to save the life of an ant he sees walking on the railroad tracks. The story is just fun. There is no big life lesson here, but there doesn't have to be one.
dawnfires on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This story is about a little ant who is need of a little snack and is walking down a rickety track. Little ant is walking down the track when a big black train and his new friend Jack has to stop the train before the train reaches little ant. Jack saves little ant and then shares his snack with him as well. Personal Reaction: I discovered this book a couple of years ago, and fell in love with little ant and Jack. I love how the whole book is rhyming constantly. Every word goes along with one another and makes the story so fun to read over and over again. Classroom Extension Ideas:1. I would love reading this book to the students because how it uses all the words in the book and how fun you can use all your different voices with this story. You can also read this story when talking about rhyming words because it uses so many constantly. 2. Kids love reading about trains, so this book will have to be read when we talk about transportation or trains.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book with great rhymes!
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mlv333 More than 1 year ago
My train loving 2.5 year old son really enjoys this book. He out of the blue started being scarred of ants, so I added this to his library to help alleviate some fear which it did.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our 4 year old grandson loved the book and enjoys turning the pages on my Nook tablet. The story line is appealing to his age group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
B&N does not indicate that this is not compatible wuth Samsung devices even with tbe Nook app !