The Last Trainby Gordon M. Titcomb, Wendell Minor
Based on a song by the acclaimed musician Gordon Titcomb, this is a hauntingly beautiful tribute to a bygone era when everyone traveled by train.See more details below
Based on a song by the acclaimed musician Gordon Titcomb, this is a hauntingly beautiful tribute to a bygone era when everyone traveled by train.
"Now the tracks that shone like silver, have turned to rusty brown. / Thirty years ago the last train rolled through town." Steam trains no longer whistle plaintively across America, but this rhythmic paean, based on the author's song of the same name, celebrates their memory. Lyrics that sound perfectly pleasurable when sung can come across a bit maudlin on paper: "Now the flattened copper pennies look like little metal tears / That a railroad cries before it disappears." (The illustration shows pennies, before and after, flattened on the rails.) Listening to the song beforehand markedly improves the reading of the book, especially lines such as "Ooooh... Midnight Flyer, / Hear that lonesome freight train whistle call." Minor's first, lovingly rendered, atmospheric gouache painting shows a modern-day, T-shirted boy gazing at a boarded-up railroad station in Aurora, Ill. Images of a cigar box full of train paraphernalia from two previous Titcomb generations offer more glimpses into the iron horse's glory days. A treasure for train enthusiasts, but make sure to take in the trailer on YouTube, too (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3caJkMjGLiw). (foreword by Arlo Guthrie, author's note, Web resources) (Picture book. 3-8)
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Meet the Author
GORDON TITCOMB is a composer and musician who has played with many well known artists including Arlo Guthrie, Hank Williams, Jr., Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, and Willie Nelson. THE LAST TRAIN is Gordon's first book for children. Gordon lives in Winsted, CT.
WENDELL MINOR is an award-winning illustrator of over forty picture books for children, including Buzz Aldrin's LOOK TO THE STARS and AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL. As a child he remembers visiting the Burlington Railroad roundhouse in his hometown of Aurora, IL, to watch the big steam engines come and go. Wendell now lives in Washington, CT.
GORDON TITCOMB is a composer and musician who has played with many well known artists including Arlo Guthrie, Hank Williams, Jr., Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, and Willie Nelson. THE LAST TRAIN is Gordon’s first book for children. Gordon lives in Winsted, CT.
Wendell Minor is the award-winning and bestselling illustrator of numerous books, including Ghost Ship, by Mary Higgins Clark. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.
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