In detailed, delightfully toy-like drawings—whose originals were colored on both sides of translucent paper to create various soft- and sharp-focus effects—Will Hillenbrand reinterprets the familiar childhood song as a ride on a motley little zoo train. Youngsters up to 6 can sing or chant along with the amended lyrics as the engineer and his one human passenger toot and puff through a hilly wildlife preserve, picking up young four-legged passengers as they go, each one adding a sound to the chorus. The journey concludes at the Children's Zoo, where baby animals and human children frolic together in a playground park.
"This twist on an old favorite combines sunny illustrations, playful humor, and appealing animals, making it a surefire selection for storytime success."—School Library Journal