By Cindy W. Hollingsworth

Picture Book
46 pages

Grades 1‒3

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Cindy W. Hollingsworth has spent her life dedicated to the dance arts and dance education. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BS degree in dance. She and her husband owned and operated dance studios in both Virginia and North Carolina for over 43 years. They also founded Dance Troupe, Inc. (DTI), a large national dance seminar and competition company dedicated to the tradition of dance excellence.

Cindy  began writing in her early years. She often wrote scripts for children’s plays, pageants, or recital themes. Many of the dance-studio recital programs had introductions written by her. These were poems related to the themes of the shows. She has written poems for other dance teachers as well and writes biographies and resumes for performers and teachers on request.

Though she never seriously considered writing for publication, Cindy  often found her heart called to record--in verse or narrative--various aspects of life that touched her soul. In 2011, she wrote, sang vocals for, and produced a children’s CD for dance and listening called Songs in My Head. She wrote the accompanying dance teachers’ manual with helpful hints for classroom use of the CD and collaborated on the coloring-book page related to each of the songs.

According to the author, “My life has always been about dance and creating through movement. Now my creativity has led to other forms of the arts such as songwriting, poetry, and children’s rhymes and short stories.


 Throughout the story, the repetitive text brings the reader’s attention to the uses of onomatopoeia and encourages listeners to say the words along with the reader.

From setting up the toy train’s tracks to watching the engine puff white steam, readers and listeners alike will experience the joy of playing with a toy train. The bright red engine, boxcars, fuel car, flatcar, passenger car, and yellow caboose with its lantern flashing red and green signals will be sure to delight. The train whistle’s “Weeee-weeee-wooo. Hoot-hoot,” will complete the picture.

 At the end of the school year, Tommy’s family went to Train Town to see and ride on a real train. “Puffs of white smoke billowed from the steam engine’s stack.” Inside big, wide seats beckoned. The big wheels started turning around. As they listened to all the sounds of the train, it went up the mountains slowly and came down fast.

As the real train rounded a curve and started to lean, the ride was exciting

but a little scary. After the train ride was over, Tommy and his family toured the train’s museum and visited the store. Tommy surely loved trains and would never forget that train ride.

Tommy’s Trains will make you want to play with a toy train or ride a real one. You’ll be entranced by the realistic trains painstakingly illustrated in the book. You’ll hear the sounds trains make. You’ll feel the train move as you read, “Chugga, chugga. Chugga, chug.”

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