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Ten Mile Day and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad Hardcover – April 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holth & Co (J); 1st edition (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805019022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805019025
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6-- The day that 10 miles of railroad track were laid on the Union Pacific end of the transcontinental railroad was indeed a remarkable one for laborers, suppliers, and organizers. It was never duplicated. Other historians mention this achievement, but Fraser captures the action in brilliantly rendered oils. Her laborers look like workers--not just men standing around. In a few useful sidebars and in informative endpapers, she adds details that enlarge upon and enhance the text. For the full history of 19th-century railroad building--with its problems, politics, people--read Leonard Everett Fisher's Tracks Across America (Holiday, 1992). But Ten Mile Day is in a class by itself. It is a picture-book slice of American history that should pique readers' interest. --George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

In the context of building the entire Transcontinental Railroad, a detailed account of April 28, 1869, when--as the result of a $10,000 wager--Central Pacific crews laid a record- setting ten miles of track. In her well-researched text, Fraser incorporates fascinating detail concerning building methods, engineering challenges, and the people involved, while honestly addressing the prejudice faced by Chinese laborers and acknowledging the railroad's role in ending Native Americans' way of life. Making good use of the broad picture-book format, her realistic earth-tone paintings convey the action and a sense of the vastness of the scene and the enormity of the task; endpapers add a map and glossary. An attractive resource. Concluding note; bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8-10) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

Mary Ann Fraser is the author and/or illustrator of over sixty books for children in fiction and non-fiction, from preschool to middle grade. Most recently she wrote and illustrated PETSHOP LULLABY, MERMAID SISTER and I.Q. GETS FIT. Her awards include a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Book Links Book of the Year, IRA Young Readers Choice Award, and American Booksellers "Pick of the List." She writes and draws pictures in Southern California where she can garden, hike, and visit the beach twelve months of the year. You can learn more about her at www.maryannfraser.com or visit her blog at http://maryannfraser.wordpress.com.

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By Sandra Adams on June 5, 2011
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For our annual Asian-American Month celebration at school, I read this book to my 4th graders. They were very interested and learned something totally new about the US. The illustrations are fabulous!
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My great-nephew loves trains. When I was looking for Christmas presents, this seemed a way to get him interested in history as well. His mother reports that it worked and he read the book to the end as soon as he got it. Any book that helps kids get into history is great by me!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2000
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im a kid i loved this book because believce it or not it gave me seven typed spaces of info on the transcontinetal railroad. i found it agreat source.
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