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Train
     

Train

by Charles A. Temple, Larry Johnson (Illustrator)
 
Here is a train trip to be savored, from the early dawn departure to that quiet moment when the passengers fall asleep. "Featuring an African American family on a train trip, Temple's graceful ballad never misses a beat, using repetition to pull its audience steadily along from beginning to end. . . . A deceptively simple book that rewards close attention." --

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Here is a train trip to be savored, from the early dawn departure to that quiet moment when the passengers fall asleep. "Featuring an African American family on a train trip, Temple's graceful ballad never misses a beat, using repetition to pull its audience steadily along from beginning to end. . . . A deceptively simple book that rewards close attention." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Discover what makes the heavenly brews of Belgium so good in this new book by long time Real Beer Page Editor Stan Hieronymus. In Brew Like a Monk, he details the beers and brewing of the famous Trappist producers along with dozens of others from both Belgium and America. Sip along as you read and, if you feel yourself divinely inspired to brew some of your own, try out the tips and recipes as well!
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From the rhythmic clacking of the wheels to the rocking of the cars with their load of swaying passengers, the poetry in motion that is the essence of railroad travel reverberates throughout this lyrical picture book. Featuring an African American family on a train trip, Temple's (Shanty Boat) graceful ballad never misses a beat, using repetition to pull its audience steadily along from beginning to end: "And the wheels come squeaking, and the smoke comes chuffing, and the train comes rolling down the rail." Through Johnson's (Knoxville, Tennessee) imaginative, thickly painted acrylics, readers can watch the trip unfold from many vantage points-up-close-and-personal with the passengers inside, or from afar, alongside a girl hoeing corn, a man in a prison cell, or even the cows grazing in nearby fields. A deceptively simple book that rewards close attention. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
The excitement and the rhythm of an overnight train ride through a contemporary countryside is captured in this book. Using unrhymed verse and rhythmic refrain, poet Charles Temple and artist Larry Johnson paint a lovingly multiracial picture of life on the rails.
School Library Journal
Stan Hieronymus is one of America's leading writers on beer and brewing. He has authored or contributed to more than ten books, including the successful 2012 release of For the Love of Hops and Brewing with Wheat in 2010. His work appears regularly in many periodicals, including All About Beer magazine, DRAFT and Imbibe. Hieronymus is the editor of RealBeer.com and currently resides in St. Louis, MO.
Carolyn Phelan
In a picture book dedicated "to the great train poets, Huddie Ledbetter and Jimmie Rodgers," Temple re-creates the passengers' sensations as experienced by an African American family on an overnight train trip. From time to time, the point of view switches as a man sitting in a jail, a girl hoeing in a cornfield, and a herd of cows grazing in the grass all watch the train go thundering by. The text rhythmically chronicles the children's experience: "When the stars come shining on the C&O track, / And the passengers are nodding heavy heads, / Then the people find the knob to make the seats lean back/ And the mama goes pushing, / And the children go laughing, / And the seats go turning into beds." Johnson's attractive artwork reflects the words and spirit of the text, using an impressionistic style to capture the motion and joy of a child's train ride.
Kirkus Reviews
In his driving, rhythmic text, Temple (Cadillac, 1995) evokes all the huffing, puffing, swaying, clacking, rattling wonder of a long train ride—from daybreak departure to nighttime, when "the seats go turning into beds." Johnson's loosely painted, full-bleed acrylics nicely capture the mood of the journey from every angle; sometimes he focuses on the passengers and interiors of the train, other times he views the train from the distant perspective of a man in jail or the cows in the field. Quietly, the book dispels stereotypes. The featured passengers are an African-American family, while the dining car porter is white. For story hour sharing or quiet read-alones.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395698266
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.58(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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