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The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

by Nathan Olson, Richard Dominquez (Illustrator), Charles Barnett III (Illustrator)
Tells the story of how the Transcontinental Railroad was build during the 1800's. Written in graphic-novel format.


Tells the story of how the Transcontinental Railroad was build during the 1800's. Written in graphic-novel format.

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Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
A man named Judah had a dream of building a railroad reaching from the West coast to the East coast. He tackled many obstacles and when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 into law, he realized that his dream was going to come true. Unfortunately, Judah died before the railroad became a reality. This book is written in graphic format that is a favorite of mine. The graphic format is perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will also enjoy the graphics and fast paced text. The full-color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. The author includes a box on most pages with narration giving extra information to the reader to help with comprehension. Vocabulary has been well-selected. This book is an excellent resource that could be used for writing a summary, a book report, or as a source for research. At the end of the book the author includes two pages with more information about the Transcontinental Railroad. I honestly did not know that Chinese laborers had to pull three locomotives and forty train cars for fifteen miles during a blizzard. The author includes a "Glossary" with a pronunciation guide and a list of other books and web sites that might be of interest to the reader. I highly recommend this book that is part of the "Graphic Library" series.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Graphic History Series
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Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
GN690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Dominguez was born Eufrancio Ricardo Dominguez to Ricardo and Juanita Dominguez in Dallas, Texas on September 22, 1960. The second of seven children, Richard grew up in a section of West Dallas known during the Great Depression as 'The Devil's Back Porch'. Dominguez recalls his first exposure to comic books at the age of six, when he began sneaking in to his Uncle's room to read from his large comic book collections. In high school Richard enrolled in Commercial Art and later took Life Drawing classes at a community college before taking a job at a local supermarket chain to create and paint point-of-purchase displays. During the late '80s and early '90s, Richard worked as an intern for several art and design studios, later designing logos for Semi-Pro Sports teams and small companies.

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