Casey Jones

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The life story of John Luther Jones, an American railroad engineer whose death was celebrated in the ballad Casey Jones, which made him a folk hero.

Presents the life story of John Luther Jones, an American railroad engineer whose death was celebrated in the ballad Casey Jones, which made him a folk hero.

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Overview

The life story of John Luther Jones, an American railroad engineer whose death was celebrated in the ballad Casey Jones, which made him a folk hero.

Presents the life story of John Luther Jones, an American railroad engineer whose death was celebrated in the ballad Casey Jones, which made him a folk hero.

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Children's Literature
Casey Jones' legend has been around for over 100 years. It began with a simple ballad written by Wallace Saunders after the tragic train accident that killed Casey Jones. It was meant to honor the legendary trainman and it has grown over the years into the tall tale we are familiar with today. This book brings to life the tale of the man turned legend born John Luther Jones and now known as Casey Jones. Children will be delighted to learn in short form of Casey's childhood and early career as a railroad engineer or "hogger." They will marvel at his accomplishments and will likely also learn a lesson or two from the well-known motto of this tall tale trainman. Illustrations bring to life the energy and enthusiasm of the larger than life Casey Jones. Also included is a page devoted to the real Casey Jones, a recipe for Hobo Beans, a glossary, index and resource page. As part of the "Tall Tales Imagination" series, it would be a wonderful addition to a unit study. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 5 to 9.
—Trina Heidt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756506025
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: Helpers in Our Community Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Dane Brimner is the popular author of more than 100 books for children, including the award-winning titles Merry Christmas, Old Armadillo (Boyds Mills Press) and The Littlest Wolf (HarperCollins Publishers). He is also the reteller of several other tall tales, including Calamity Jane, Casey Jones, Davy Crockett, and Molly Pitcher.

Larry lives inTucson, Arizona.

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Table of Contents

The Greatest Engineer 4
Getting His Start 6
A Record-Setting Trip 14
Casey's Last Run 20
Becoming a Legend 28
Hobo Beans 29
Glossary 30
Did You Know? 30
Want to Know More? 31
Index 32
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