Train Song
By Diane Siebert  


Train Song

Here is the song of the train. Listen as it rushes past big cities and small towns. Listen as it sweeps through forests and fields and into tunnels. Hear the whistle wailing, brakes squealing, wheels rolling, r-o-l-l-i-n-g, stop. Now the train is homeward bound. All aboard!

From box cars to diners, from rural towns to city stations, the intriguing world of trains is evoked in this stunningly illustrated poem. As with Heartland and Truck Song, Siebert does not tell a story so much as presents stunning images: the “great trains / freight trains / talk about your late trains / the 509 / right on time / straight through to L.A.” roar through tunnels and across the countryside. While the syntax and rhythms of the poem are not always immediately clear, Siebert’s eclectic assemblage of details allows the reader to “feel the rhythm” and “hear the sound” of the trains. Wimmer’s luminous, nostalgic paintings will enable readers to grasp the beauty and power of the trains and the landscape across which they travel, “clickety-clacking / homeward bound.” Softcover, 11 x 9", 32 pages, ages 4 - 8, all color.

ISBN: 978-0-06-443340-2

Price: $7.99

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