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Train

Train

by Charles A. Temple, Larry Johnson
     
 
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

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_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.
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
Gr 1-3-When "smoke comes chuffing from the short smokestack...and the wheels start squeaking kind of slow," a train pulls out of the station on a long trip, past fields and towns, into the night. In cadenced, sometimes rhymed language, Temple captures its sounds and motions, taking readers inside with the passengers and outside with observers (a girl in a cornfield, cows in a pasture, a prisoner who "Hears the sound and wonders where that train is gone.") The evocative text is not well served by the illustrations; Johnson uses either a stiff brush or a palette knife to apply his acrylics, so details, particularly facial features, are only vaguely defined. Viewers are bound to notice that the modern cars are inexplicably being pulled by an antique, coal-burning engine, and that the cows, described as watching the train, are actually looking toward readers. Angela McAllister's Jessie's Journey (Macmillan, 1992; o.p.) or Diane Siebert's Train Song (Crowell, 1990) are done with more care.-John Peters, New York Public Library
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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