I’m sure that many of you have never heard of the book “The Color Train. A First Book of Colors”. As a matter of fact – you can’t even find out anything about it from Google. And if it’s not in Google, then it doesn’t exist!
Except this book does exist. I have a copy of it sitting right here next to me! I’m guessing it’s about 37 years old (there is no copyright date in it). It was printed by “Western Printing Company” before they became “Little Golden Books”. It’s one of “the Dad’s” books from when he was Mike’s age. So you know it has to be older than dirt…
And right now – it’s Mike’s favorite story! He absolutely loves it and we read it to him nearly every night – at least once (if not two or three times). And as soon as he sees it, he gets excited and starts bouncing up and down and clapping his hands and saying “Color Train! Color Train!”. You can’t help but to smile along with him…
This past weekend, we took a very rare trip to the mall. We came in through a JCPenny’s entrance – wound our way through the store towards the mall. As we were exiting Penny’s and entering the mall – there it was.
THE COLOR TRAIN!
And it was chugging around the mall! And kids were riding in it! It had the red car! And the yellow car! And the blue car! And the engine! Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!!!!
Mikes eyes were absolutely as big as pie pans. He couldn’t believe it! The color train was REAL! For Mike, it was every bit as amazing as finding out that Santa Claus was real. Of course, we had to follow it around the mall to find out where it stopped. And as we walked up to it – Mike kept saying “Color train! Color train!” as if he couldn’t understand why I wasn’t as excited as he was! and then it happened. He touched it! It really was real! Again – Mike was stunned with disbelief. His eyes really WEREN’T deceiving him! The color train REALLY WAS REAL!
It was absolutely the best trip to the mall I’ve ever had. And I know it was Mike’s favorite too!
“Holy cow! I’m sitting in ‘The Blue Car’! You never told me The Color Train was REAL!!!”
Mike sat and patiently explained about all of the cars. “This is ‘The Yellow Car’. Up there is ‘The Black Car’. Behind us is ‘The Blue Car’ and ‘The Red Car’. ‘The Engine’ is up front!”