Locomotive by Brian Floca was just announced as the 2014 Caldecott winner this week. I happened to have just checked it out from the library, and thought I would share our review of this picture book.
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First of all, the illustrations are lovely. You can imagine what life was like in the time when the railroads were new and exciting. To be honest, the text was a little long for my boys’ expectations of a picture book, but Paul really enjoyed Locomotive when I sat down and read it to him.
Locomotive is about the time right after the Transcontinental Railroad was built. It shows what traveling on a train was like, and how the trains were run. It has a detailed explanation of how a steam engine worked in the back of the book (Paul’s favorite part).
All in all, Locomotive is a lovely introduction to the history of the Transcontinental Railroad. Probably not one I’d reach for at bedtime, but I expect to see Paul poring over the illustrations again.
Here’s what Paul has to say about Locomotive. (Please note that he says the book is about a “famous train,” but he meant the famous railroad.)
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