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The Train They Call the City of New Orleans

Goodman, Steve

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ISBN 10: 0399238530 / ISBN 13: 9780399238536
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, NY, 2003
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Illustrated glossy paper over boards, matched on jacket. Picture book. 32 p. Map. Color woodcut-style Illustrations. Audience: Children/juvenile. Trains / Folk popular song: Chicago-based songwriter Steve Goodman wrote these lines in 1970 when he was about 21; performer Arlo Guthrie made it a household tune as it earned a Grammy Award; and multi-award-winning book illustrator Michael McCurdy gave it visual life. Steve Goodman rode the train, inscribed the lyrics and music, and introduced Guthrie to it. A prolific writer and energetic performer himself, Goodman battled leukemia beginning in his college years, succumbing in 1984. Fine in fine dust jacket. Light shelf wear or blemishing. Unread. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.Tr0070006359

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Title: The Train They Call the City of New Orleans

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, NY

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hard cover

Illustrator: McCurdy, Michael (Illustrated by).

Edition: First edition. 1st impression..

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Centering around the famous campfire song, "City of New Orleans", the era of train travel and the diversity of America as experienced by passengers is presented by the illustrator of Iron Horses.

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K-Gr. 3. The popular folk song, written by the late Goodman, gets a dynamic, nostalgic treatment. The haunting lyrics re-create a time some 50 years ago when people traveled by train--from Chicago through Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi to New Orleans. McCurdy uses scratchboard-and-watercolor illustrations to bring the lyrics to life, and while the pictures sometimes follow the text too literally, they certainly will have children looking closely. They show the train ride inside and out: the landscape, riddled with junked cars or growing grain; the passengers playing cards in the club car; the engineers and the Pullman porters. McCurdy's overhead perspectives, as the train speeds down the track, are among the most effective. For the many children who have never ridden the train, this captures both the boredom and the exciting difference from everyday life that occurs on a long-distance ride. A useful map introduces the text, but there's no music, a missing piece of an otherwise well-designed package. Ilene Cooper
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