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Ol' 556 by Shannon Cartwright
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Feb 23, 09

bookshelves: alaska, children
Read in February, 2009

If you have a child who loves trains, this book is for you. I highly recommend it for a great many reasons. I love that it is historical and incorporates an exciting fictional story alongside instructional material pertaining to the railroad in Alaska and historical material such as old pictures. The story itself is engaging and well-written, and I can sense the excitement of "breakup," which is what spring is called here when all the snow starts to melt. It is a very loud and exciting time, with water dripping and flowing everywhere and ice floating and cracking. (I know Alaska does not by any means have a monopoly on melting snow, but this book captures it in a dynamic way.) The drama and tension in the story gets wrapped up with the drama of breakup. The illustrations are interesting and spark a lot of good conversation with the kiddos.
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Fiona Endsley This looks great, I'll get it for my train loving boy Angus!

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