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Recommended by The New York Times Book Review Editors and authors of How to Raise a Reader.
Ages 7 and up
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!
2014 Caldecott Medal
Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books of 2013
A Note from the Hullabaloo Crew: While this is a gorgeous picture book, it’s also full of facts and details. It will sometimes be better suited to older kids. That being said, younger kids with a love of trains and/or history or with longer attention spans will also love this book.
What an adventure! This book takes you on a ride that brings historical, geographical, and mechanical context to the story of the locomotive. The sounds and scenery come to life through vivid descriptions and captivating illustrations. Informative and fast-paced, you’ll enjoy this journey across the West! Especially great for an older child who is very interested in history, machines, and exploration. -Amy, mother of four (ages 3, 5, 6, and 8) Plano, TX