Philip Booth & Bagram Ibatoulline
Candlewick, 2013 (2001)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
s a child I can remember
reading box cars
with my grandfather as we sat near a rail line and watched freight trains pass. Those memories resurfaced as I looked through this nostalgic book. Philip Booth's vintage poem captures the old days as a steam engine pulling a string of cars chugs past a crossing in a small town.
he small child at the crossing is urged to '
count the cars
' as the train passes. There are B & M, Erie, Wabash, Seaboard and U.P. box cars, a Frisco gondola, a Pennsy tank car, and a Santa Fe cattle car, plus a Rock Island flatcar loaded with pipe, and a string of coal hoppers.
s the small, red caboose rolls into sight, the total is just under 100 hundred cars, which means it was a pretty long wait at the crossing. No matter, though, everyone has had fun counting and identifying all the different cars and railroad insignias.
his prize winning picture book has become a railroad classic. If you don't have a copy already, this inexpensive soft cover edition would be a great way of introducing your child or grandchild to the joys of train spotting!
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