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Children's LiteraturePart of the "Events That Shaped America" series, this book describes the building of the railroad, the planning of the large project, and the impact that a "coast to coast" railroad had on America. The text is clear, with difficult words highlighted and explained in a glossary. The authors also include an index, a time line, a list of further information, and a list of things to "think about and do." These activities would be good for school writing projects, but not for a "hands on" activity. The book also has a large amount of illustrations and maps to help readers understand more about the railroad and what happened in 1869. This is a good resource for young readers who are doing school reports on the development of the railroad in the United States. 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.