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The Stourbridge Lion: America's First Locomotive Hardcover – March 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590788591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590788592
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,091,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sure to appeal to train enthusiasts, this is the story of the first locomotive to operate on commercial rails in America. Built in Stourbridge, England, and painted with a lion’s head on its front, the Stourbridge Lion was brought to haul coal in the mountainous stretch between Carbondale, Pennsylvania, and the head of the canal basin. Full-page oil paintings in dusty, subdued colors allow the locomotive to be the focus (relegating the happy or dismissive people to indistinct smudges), which nicely spotlights the quiet surroundings and wide open spaces. The minimal text is supplemented by a two-page afterword that gives additional information about the locomotive, early steam engines, and gravity railroads. Since the Lion was twice as heavy as the loads for which the tracks were designed, it was soon discontinued, but it, as well as a reconstruction, can be viewed at museums. Grades 1-3. --Randall Enos

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"Sure to appeal to train enthusiasts, this is the story of the first locomotive to operate on commercial rails in America." --Booklist


"Train enthusiasts will welcome another entry that fuels their railroading enthusiasm. (additional information, sources)" --Kirkus Reviews

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Format: Hardcover
This exciting history/biography/technology book will captivate your family. Beautiful, large illustrations grab the eyeballs, and a basic (but not dumbed-down) text gives information without being too weighty.

Some vocabulary examples include: commercial, abandoned, canal, replica, triumphant, display, contraption, greet, trial, skeptical.
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The story of the Stourbridge Lion, the first commercial steam locomotive in America, began when Horatio Allen traveled to England to purchase a locomotive to help transport coal over the Moosic mountains in Pennsylvania. On August 8, 1929, Allen tested the locomotive for the first time surrounded by skeptics. To the amazement of the crowd, the Stourbridge Lion completed its first run and successfully began to cart coal across the difficult passage. Now the locomotive remains at the Wayne County Historical Society in Pennsylvania.

Steven Walkers' oil illustrations beautifully accompany the text of this outstanding picture book. Children will love the imaginative landscapes and depictions of the Stourbridge Locomotive.

This picture book will not only educate young children on the beginning of steam locomotives in America but will also interest them in trains in general, history, and museums. Well written and illustrated, this new release should be seriously considered as an addition to any school or public library and would make a great gift to the child who loves trains.

This review comes from my blog No Twiddle Twaddle. I was provided with a free review copy from Boyds Mill Press.
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By Jeffrey Hiller on April 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an awesome book, written about an amazing time in history in a wonderful town. I am proud to say that I was born in Honesdale and still live there 50 years later. This author and the illustrator did a magnificent job in writing and pictures depicting this part of our history. I recently read this book at our local elementary school as part of "Night of 1000 Reading Stars"! Although it was a little over the heads of the real young kids, the pictures intrigued them and the older kids including some as old as me were asking questions about the story. This shows that we are never to old to learn about what is or has happened around us. Thank you gentlemen for a marvelous job on both writing and the great artwork. By the way, the illustrator has the entire collection of the paintings used in the book on display at the Wayne County Historical Society Museum here in Honesdale starting April 21st and will be donating three of them for permanent display at the museum!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Cady on January 10, 2013
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The book is really an elementary school picture book. I may have missed something in the description but I expected something more. As a child's book, it is fine however.
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