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The train to Glasgow is about to depart from Donibristle Station. Mr. MacIver, the engine driver, is anxious to get going, and the guard is all set to wave his flag and blow his whistle. . . . But wait! Here comes young Donald MacBrain, racing full-tilt. Will he make it? Yes, and just in time! Donald, Mr. MacIver, the guard, various passengers, and some very lively feathered friends all play important roles in what turns out to be an unforgettable train ride to Glasgow.
This exuberant tale by Wilma Horsbrugh, told in a cumulative rhyme in the style of "The House That Jack Built," has delighted generations of British youngsters. For its first appearance as a picture book, it has been strikingly illustrated by Paul Cox.
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PreS-Gr. 2. First published 50 years ago, this joyful cumulative rhyme by the late children's poet Horsbrugh has been newly illustrated with exuberant, detailed watercolors that capture "the flurry, the fuss, the noise and commotion" on a steam train when the squawking chickens get loose from their box and invade the passenger cars. A young boy, Donald MacBrain, "who came to the station to catch the train," saves the day: "He caught the hens and he caught the cocks / And he put them back in their great big box." Grandparents will enjoy sharing this with children not only for the period setting and the romance of the old trains but also for the timeless appeal of chaotic uproar, a young rescuer, and a rhyming story, just right for joining in. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Clarion Books, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0618381430
Book Description Clarion Books, 2004. Condition: New. Paul Cox (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0618381430