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Planes, trains, and automobiles… I love that Little Man most definitely had a train phase. He was so completely enamored with all things railroad that his third birthday was even train themed.

The girls’ first train ride, before Little Man:

Then there was that time we rode on a miniature train-set in Oregon and it very nearly blew his mind.

Though we still excitedly point out every “choo-choo” that chugs by, the trusty train set has taken a backseat to Legos in recent months.

But on to books! In addition to the requisite Thomas the Tank Engine collection and Little Engine That Could*, our favorite books featuring trains have been from the Little House collection. Both By the Shores of Silver Lake and The Long Winter feature trains as fixtures of the Ingalls’ homesteading life– specifically the latter, which illustrates just how vital the rail system really was, as a lifeline to dependent homesteaders during winter.

*am I the last to realize this classic’s a Good Samaritan tale?

Our well-worn copies of these beloved classics are currently packed away for our upcoming move, but here are links to each on Amazon:

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And now for the link up!



Our hosts will still share a themed selection of our favorite books each week.

If you’d like to join us as a co-host for What to Read Wednesday, please contact Anne.

Anne at Learning TableLeah at Sandy Toes Creations

Crystal at Castle View Academy

This list has our book themes, but you don’t have to stick to that to link up–any family-friendly posts are welcome. So, come on! Join in the fun!

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Throwback Links: Making a Bookworm– 10 Ways to Woo a Reluctant Reader, Little House Love, Westward Ho!, No Place Like Home, A Case for Giftless Birthday Parties, Adventures in Oregon, Last Weeks in Montana

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