Last Train

Last Train

by Kim Lewis

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Bagel
The trains that used to run past the old farm have long since disappeared from view. But the ramshackle railroad cottage is an ever-present reminder of an era gone by. Leaning out its window, young Sara and James can almost see the old steam trains that once rumbled mere steps away. Suddenly, out of the thundering clouds and hissing rain of a late afternoon storm, the last train that stopped at the Railroad Cottage lumbers by. James and Sara take turns waving the red handkerchief. "The train brakes thundered and squealed. The driver poked his head out the brightly lit window.....and waved back." Here at the railroad crossing of imagination and reality, is it real or a roaring phantom vision from yesterday? The superlative illustrations that depict the story convey such realism, movement, and riveting expressions that the question is not as easy to answer as you think!
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Lovely endpapers showing the English countryside open this pleasant story. An old railway line runs through the farm where Sara and James live. Although the tracks are gone, a worker's hut is still standing, and the children want to make it into a place where they can play. Their parents agree to help fix it up and the family spends a happy afternoon doing repairs. While they sit in the ``cottage'' and listen to Dad talk about the steam trains of his childhood, a thunderstorm brews. When the children rush outside, they see a locomotive roaring down a track and wave to the driver. They all head home through the storm and when Sara looks back, the track is gone once again. This is a quiet, realistic family story whose fantasy element is handled in a believable way. Lewis's colored-pencil artwork is wonderful. As in The Shepherd Boy (Four Winds, 1990) and Floss (Candlewick, 1992), she uses naturalistic pictures to complement the text, providing readers with an accurate and inviting picture of a rural world. An appealing book on the power of trains to ignite youngsters' imagination and dreams.-Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia

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Candlewick Press
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Edition description:
1st Edition
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 8.59(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range:
3 - 18 Years

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