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Trainby Elisha Cooper
Synopses & Reviews
A night train, a freight train, a high-speed train. Racing across the country, from coast to coast. All aboard!
Climb aboard a red-striped Commuter Train in the East. Switch to a blue Passenger Train rolling through midwestern farmland. Then hop on a Freight Train, soar over mountains on an Overnight Train, and finish on a High-Speed Train as it races to the West Coast.
Trains are moving. Fast and loud, colorful and powerful. Experience their sights, sounds, smells--and the engineers and conductors who make them go--as they roll across the country.
"Riding the rails from New York City to San Francisco takes on an expansive definition when Cooper (Farm) sounds the 'All aboard,' bringing readers on five kinds of trains (commuter, passenger, freight, overnight, and high-speed). To move this transcontinental journey along, Cooper mostly eschews the boarding and exiting process (although he does use a stop in Chicago to portray the soaring neoclassic grandeur of a city station). Instead, he transports his audience from one train to the next as they pass ('As the Commuter Train waits, another train roars past on another track.... A bright blue Passenger Train hurrying between cities'). Cooper's signature sun-bleached watercolors beautifully convey human achievements and nature's grandeur through both detail and a range of scale, whether it's an entire train passing through a rural landscape on a starry night, the control panel in the engineer's cab, or a comparatively tiny elk. Like Brian Floca's Locomotive, also out this month, this is more than a tribute to a mode of transport: it's also a valentine to the sweep of American geography and, in particular, the glory of the Great Plains. Ages 4 — 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Elisha Cooper is the award-winning author of FARM, which received starred reviews in THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, and BEACH, which won the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. Other picture books include A GOOD NIGHT WALK, MAGIC THINKS BIG, and DANCE!, a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Elisha Cooper lives with his family in New York City. For more information, go to www.elishacooper.com.
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