Locomotive

By FLOCA, Brian

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ISBN
978-1-4169-9415-2 978-1-4424-8522-8
Publisher
S & S Atheneum Richard Jackson Bks.


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on July 1, 2013  |  Nonfiction

Gr 3–5—It all started with "a new road of rails/made for people to ride" where "covered wagons used to crawl." Almost 150 years ago-just after the Civil War-the completion of the transcontinental railway radically changed both this country's landscape and the opportunities of its people. The book traces the advent of cross-country train travel, focusing on an early trip from Omaha to Sacramento. As in Moonshot (2009) and Lightship (2007, both S & S), Floca proves himself masterful with words, art, and ideas. The book's large for...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2013

Talk about a youth librarian's dream come true: a big new book about those ever-popular trains from a bona fide picture-book-nonfiction all-star. Striking cinematic endpapers lay the groundwork, describing the creation of the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s. Then, in a sort of historical-fiction-meets-travelogue narrative, Floca zeroes in on one family's journey from Omaha to San Francisco. Floca excels at juxtaposing sweeping panoramas with intimate, slice-of-life moments: here a widesc...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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