Locomotive

Locomotive

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The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America's early railroads, from the creator of the " stunning " ( Booklist ) Moonshot.


It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America's brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.

Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781416994152
1416994157
Branch Call Number: J 385.0973 Flo
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill., col. map.

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neophyte
Oct 03, 2015

Great illustrations, but rhymes not as effortless as those in his book Moon Shot. Tedious for a preschooler.

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bibliovore
Dec 16, 2014

One of my son's favorite books to check out - he pores over the illustrations, which have loads of small details. Just gorgeous.

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jenzwick
Aug 21, 2014

It is probably unrealistic for a children's book to touch on how immigrants were treated during the building of the railways - but I wish they had at least hinted at it. Might as well teach kids the whole history if you're going to go for it. Though I guess I'm free to simply tell my child about it myself.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Along steel rails a family travels the newly opened transcontinental railroad. Hear the sounds, see the sights, and take an amazing journey over mountains, through plains, and finally to the sea.

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Beaker78
May 24, 2014

My 2 year old really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are amazing and the attention to detail is fantastic. There is enough going on that I stole the book from my son's room one evening so I could look longer. Do check out Brian Floca's other titles. Lightship is one that my son loved even more. Not as long or as detailed but just as enjoyable for all.

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davidnehme
May 16, 2014

Almost perfect book. I read it to my 2 year old. Although it pushes his attention span, he loves it. The rhythm of the prose is just right. As a parent, I'm still not tired of reading it to him and I learned a little about the history of rail and steam engines.

ChristchurchLib Apr 21, 2014

"The award-winning creator of Moonshot presents a richly detailed visual exploration of America's early railroads that examines the sounds, speed and strength of the fledgling transcontinental locomotives and the experiences of pioneering travellers." Kids' Books April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/e46cb15a-8a5d-465f-8496-f1c49da127f1?postId=60b10445-518e-4eac-9e1b-fd8c286e2aca

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Samauribrarian
Jan 22, 2014

Super cute book that will delight anyone seeking colorful pictures of trains.

forbesrachel Jan 18, 2014

Experience history through the images and sounds of the first locomotives. Young boys will absolutely love all the train noises that are strewn throughout. This key trait will keep their attention as the author goes into lengthier details about the trip, sights, passengers, and train itself.

Great care has gone into the train's look, however characters and backgrounds are much simpler. This means that we do not experience some of the grand vistas these travelers would have seen to full effect.

Considering how much history there is to early trains, the author successfully creates a well-rounded picture of their function, and importance to the people of the era. For both the United States and Canada they unified east to west, and the people on this particular journey go the full distance.

lms Nov 11, 2013

A Publisher's Weekly non-fiction favorite 2013

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bravorock
Dec 16, 2015

This picture book is an animated impression of a family's 1869 journey from Omaha to Sacramento via the newly completed Transcontinental Railroad. The unnamed family is a launching point for this author’s exploration into everything about early rail travel. Brian touches on crew responsibilities and machinery specifics that were technological breakthroughs for time. The inside cover first offers the reader specific details, dates and events that made this marvel possible. The text describes the United States “Before The Transcontinental Railroad,” mentioning Lincoln signing into law the Pacific Railway Act and introducing the reader to the formation of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroad Companies. This two page spread offers the reader a map that helps the reader understand the text. Page by page, in chronological order, the journey is explicated point-by-point, station-by-station, scenic view-by-scenic view until the family finally reaches the end of the line, San Francisco, CA - the Pacific Coast.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 31, 2013

“Here is a road made for crossing the country, a new road of rails made for people to ride.” As we read these words we are standing in the center of some railroad tracks staring on a beautiful sunny day at the horizon where they disappear. A couple pages cover the creation of those tracks that were part of the transcontinental railway system, and then we meet our average family. In Omaha, Nebraska, 1869, a family waits for their train. When at last it arrives they board, bound for San Francisco. From here, Floca takes you through every step of this trip. He introduces people like the brakemen or the conductor. He discusses what makes the train run and the places you pass along the way. Everything from toilets and food to sleeping arrangements and rickety bridges are discussed. By the end the family arrives in one piece in San Francisco, grateful to the train but relieved to be off it once more. Backmatter includes an extensive “Note on the Locomotive” as well as a useful listing of various sources.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 31, 2013

“Hear the clear, hard call of her bell: CLANG-CLANG! CLANG-CLANG! CLANG-CLANG! Hear the HISSSSSSSSS and the SPIT of the steam! Hear the engine breathe like a beast: HUFF HUFF HUFF!”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 31, 2013

“Here is a road made for crossing the country, a new road of rails made for people to ride.”

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