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Trains By Lynn Curlee

There are few things more exciting than the sound of a train chugging through the countryside. First, steam engines hissed billowing clouds into the air, then gleaming diesel locomotives pulled boxcars, freight cars, and sleek passenger cars north, south, east, and west. Trains have been getting people and things to where they need to go for almost two centuries, and have long been a symbol of adventure and possibility.

The story of how trains began barreling across the landscape is one of new machines, new inventions, new jobs, and new hopes. Railroad travel started with steam-powered wagons on a tramway and developed into a technology that would change the day-to-day life of Americans in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - and forever connect one coast to another.

This bold and graphic look at trains and railroads by award-winning author and illustrator Lynn Curlee traces the tracks back to where they began. All aboard!

Written & illustrated by Sibert Honor Award recipient Lynn Curlee.
Atheneum Books For Young Readers, 2009.
48 pages with colorful illustrations.
10.2" x 11.35" hardbound, includes a dust jacket.

About the author:
Lynn Curlee, winner of a 2002 Sibert Honor Award for Brooklyn Bridge, was educated as an art historian and worked as a fine artist for many years before he began to illustrate children's books. His other works include Ships of the Air, Into the Ice: The Story of Arctic Exploration, Rushmore: Monument for the Ages, Liberty, Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Capital, Parthenon, Ballpark: The Story of America's Baseball Fields, Skyscraper, and most recently, Mythological Creatures: A Classical Beastiary. He lives in Jamesport, NY.


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