The Prairie Trainby Antoine O Flatharta, Eric Rohmann, Antoine O. Flatharta
It was the train that took immigrants seeking a better life in the New World across the endless flat prairies to San Francisco. And it was the train that took Conor, a small homesick boy from Ireland, on the voyage he would remember for the rest of his life. While on that train, Conor
"Once upon a time there was a train that dreamed of being a boat."
It was the train that took immigrants seeking a better life in the New World across the endless flat prairies to San Francisco. And it was the train that took Conor, a small homesick boy from Ireland, on the voyage he would remember for the rest of his life. While on that train, Conor dreams of being back in Connemara, Ireland, with his grandfather when suddenly, to his amazement, the waving prairie grass becomes the sea and the train on which he is traveling, like a boat, sails across it right back to his home. How Conor comes to realize that the home he's left behind will always be with him provides a reassuring and deeply satisfying resolution to this poignant tale. The dreamlike paintings by Caldecott Honor artist Eric Rohmann combine with the lyrical text of Irish playwright Antoine Ó Flatharta to make this one of the most memorable books of this--or any--season.
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Antoine Ó Flatharta lives in Ireland.
Eric Rohmann lives in the Chicago area.
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The storyline is about a young boy and his parents, who arrive in the US from Ireland, and then take a train journey to their new home in San Francisco. Along the way, the train itself provides a comforting, rhythmic backdrop for the boy as he remembers the life and people he's left behind and tries to resolve his feelings of longing, through a dream. The prose is lyrical and lovely, and the story is bittersweet yet upbeat. I've enjoyed it as much as my kids have. I've probably read it 100 times!