Crossingby Philip Booth, Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
With the rhythm of its words recalling the cadence of a moving freight train, a poem by Philip Booth is fluidly joined with artwork by first-time illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline in this majestic/b>
Vivid images in both poem and paintings create a close-up view of a freight train traveling through a crossing—a dramatic experience for young readers.
With the rhythm of its words recalling the cadence of a moving freight train, a poem by Philip Booth is fluidly joined with artwork by first-time illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline in this majestic picture book. Ibatoulline's dramatic and masterful paintings capture the American freight train in its heyday in astonishing detail. CROSSING promises to enthrall train enthusiasts of all ages.
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.00(w) x 11.63(h) x 0.37(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 9 Years
Meet the Author
Philip Booth is a Fellow of the Academy of American Poets and has been honored by Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. The poem "Crossing" appeared in his first book, Letter from a Distant Land. Of his inspiration for the poem, he says, "I grew up in White River Junction, Vermont, where the White River and the Connecticut River come together. Many, many trains come down the river valley, traveling from Montreal to Boston, on to New Haven and beyond. The real crossing of this poem, though, is in Brunswick, Maine."
Bagram Ibatoulline (pronounced Èba&tgrave;too LEEN) was born in Russia and graduated from the State Academic Institute of Arts in Moscow. He has worked in fine arts, graphic arts, mural design, and textile design. CROSSING is Bagram Ibatoulline's first picture book.
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This beautifully illustrated book, drawn to a lovely poem holds the potential of opening dialogue between the generations. The younger generation concentrates on the pictures, to learn what the function is of each car, crossing, or signal. The older generation is looking at memories. Reading this book together is a natural collision of the eagerness to learn with the memories of the learned. The questions will be asked and it is up to the experienced adult to answer with their learned knowledge, memories, and heart.
Certainly the illustrations are beautiful, but I find this book more appealing to adults than youngsters. The text, a slow and rhythmic poem, is too slow and the book lacks plot and direction. Without the illustrations it would not be of remote interest to children. Ibatoulline's illustrations are interesting, and masterfully done in gouache and present unique angles but still are slow after a while because there's only so much he can do with undynamic text, which I've witnessed children abandon before the end of the book.