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THE TRAIN OF STATES:
Presenting 50 Fabulous Train Cars, One for Each of the 50 States from Maine to California and all States in Between Followed by a Most Marvelous Caboose!

Author: Peter Sis

The train of states is rolling by --
rush to the window and watch it go!
The very first car? The very first state: Delaware, of course, followed by Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia ... fifty in all.
The caboose? Washington, D.C.!

Look closely! What do you see?
State birds, state flowers, state trees ... forty-three presidents! Can you find them all?
Can you spot the flags, heroes, animals, and landmarks adorning the train of states?

Clickety clack, clickety clack.
Rush out the door, rush to the track.
Where is the train going? Come along!
Over the prairie, over the mountains, down a green valley, and into a billowing tent.
It's time for a party -- it's time to celebrate the fifty states!

From Publishers Weekly
"Uncle Sam conducts the patriotic engine of this line of 50 railroad cars (one per state), and Washington, D.C., brings up the rear as caboose. Czechoslovakian-born Sis combines his love for his adopted country (his home for more than two decades) with his admiration for antique circus wagons (from an introductory note). The cars appear chronologically, according to their date of statehood. Readers will pore over the unique design of each, which incorporates the state's flag, motto, nickname and the genesis of its name, as well as labeled images of the state tree, flower and bird. Underneath the cars, Sis lists the state capital, then repeats the state tree, flower and bird, adding a piece of trivia (e.g., 'In Barrow, Alaska's northernmost point, the sun doesn't set for 84 days during the summer months'). Given the prescribed space allotted to each state, the duplication of some of these facts comes at the expense of additional information. But the wagons teem with interesting details (explained in an endnote); they include miniature portraits of presidents or other celebrities who hail from the state (Ben Franklin tops the Pennsylvania circus wagon), milestones (Ohio had the first professional baseball team; women could first vote in Wyoming) and relevant symbols (Mount Rushmore for South Dakota). Sis' signature fine black line limns entire vignettes while his watercolor wash adds depth and perspective. He gives both youngsters hungry for state facts and those casting about for unusual historical morsels ample reason to climb aboard this festive train. Ages 6-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Ages 6-10

$17.99 (hardcover)

 

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