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You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Railroad! (You Wouldn't Want to...)

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This series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Science: History and Nature of Science Social Studies: Time, Continuity, & Change
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Scholastic Library Publishing (first published August 1st 2000)
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Paula
Aug 26, 2014 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This title of the “You wouldn’t want to…” series describes the perils and pitfalls of a construction crew working on the transcontinental railroad. Breezy and comical treatment of topics such as day-to-day life on the line, tasks and tools, and the impact of the railroad will keep readers entertained as well as informed. Cartoon characters and funky fonts and layouts give this title lots of appeal. Every spread also includes a "Handy Hint" box. Back matter consists of an index and glossary. ...more
Wicklund
Nov 26, 2011 Wicklund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many books in the 'You Wouldn't Want To' series are of well known figures in movies, but books from the perspective of historical construction workers are most educational. Perhaps because these books' events took place over the shorter periods of history, those including'Railroad' give the most in depth look at what the reader would go through in a year. The series' 'Statue of Liberty' and 'Great Wall of China' books are also detailed, but this one is about a more important event than 'statue ...more
Nick
As with the other books in this series, this is a mildly fictionalized version of historical events. In this case, an Irish immigrant signs up to work on the Transcontinental Railroad, with various trials and tribulations along the way.
The flippant nature of the telling will keep kids entertained, but the story as told is simplified in odd ways, and cleaned up in others that make it a less-than-reliable account. For the most part, the job is portrayed as not being that bad, which makes the title
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Tamara
Jul 04, 2012 Tamara rated it did not like it
This book was curious as it took the view of an Irish Railroad worker on the transcontinental railroad rather than that of a chinese worker. If you are looking for children's books that cover the construction, excitement and turmoil of the building of the railroad there are much better ones out there than this one.
Duane
Nov 22, 2008 Duane rated it really liked it
This is a great series to introduce young readers to people and places of our past. We follow a Irish immigrant as he learns all the different jobs that came with creating the railline that stretched from coast to coast. Vivid illustrations and humor make this a enjoyable read.
Junessa
Feb 24, 2012 Junessa rated it liked it
Another nice book in this series. I didn't like this one as much as the others but still informative and interesting to read.
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Nov 28, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
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My son has devoured this series of books! Great to go along with history!! Fun books!
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After working as an in-house journalist and editor in consumer electronics magazines, Ian Graham became a freelance writer. He has written more than 230 illustrated non-fiction books for children and teens, and contributed chapters to books including Dorling Kindersley’s Know it All and Big Ideas that Changed the World. He has a degree in applied physics and a postgraduate diploma in journalism.
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