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The Prairie Train Kindle Edition
|Length: 40 pages||Age Level: 5 - 8||Grade Level: K - 3|
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From Library Journal
Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 7459 KB
- Print Length : 40 pages
- Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 30, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00JBEWF5E
- Publication Date : April 30, 2014
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That night his grandfather comes to him in a dream and counsels him, as only a grandfather can, to leave behind the sadness and look forward to the beauty awaiting at the journey's end. In that brief heart-to-heart talk with his grandfather the boy is lifted and the new day dawns with a fresh resolve to cheerfully move forward.
The story will resonate with anyone who has had to face the unknown or has had to journey to a new world leaving a comfortable world behind. Did I forget to mention there are boats and a train sailing over the ocean and prairie to hold the imagination of a young child? For the young child the loss of the toy boat is a signal that the story is about to take off to new adventures. While my little one understands the loss of a treasured toy he doesn't have the experience to let more subtle concerns interfere with a good story and great pictures.
As for me, it is satisfying to find a book with an underlying message on par with The Little Engine that Could and "I think I can." But this story touches deeper than what the happy little girls and boys on the other side of the mountain can appreciate. Parents and Grandparents will find this a satisfying reading experience with their young explorer. This book gives both the reader and the listener a wonderful feeling, that is, in the words of the inside cover flap, "deeply satisfying."
The artwork is beautiful. The inside covers have a beautiful stylistic map of the journey from Connemara Ireland to San Francisco.
The gorgeously illustrated topographical map of Conor's journey at the front and back of the book sets the scene. It's the 1890s and an Irish family sets sail from the scenic peninsula of Connemara in County Galway to New York. After the family has made it to Chicago, the narrative begins like a fairy tale,"Once upon a time, there was a train that dreamed of being a boat."
As the train leaves Chicago, Conor stares at the toy wooden boat his grandfather had carved for him and listens to the unfamiliar sounds of the polyglot crowd. He sticks his head out the window to get a better view of the train and wave to the engine, but in doing so he inadvertently drops his treasured toy boat out the window.
Conor's cries to stop the train go largely unheeded as his fellow passengers and ultimately the train itself chime in with a chorus of, "Can't stop the train." The steam train's gentle rocking from side to side induces sleep and Conor's dream is the antidote to his homesickness. You'll need to read the rest; revealing the dream would spoil the adventure.