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Locomotive (Caldecott Medal Book) (edition 2013)

by Brian Floca (Author), Brian Floca (Illustrator)

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Title:Locomotive (Caldecott Medal Book)
Authors:Brian Floca (Author)
Other authors:Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
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Rating:****1/2
Tags:Trains

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Locomotive is a gorgeous picture book that describes a train journey from Omaha, Nebraska to Sacramento, California in 1869. The book follows the railroad and mentions each stop along the way. Each stop and landmark is illustrated in the text. The book also offers an explanation of steam power and a diagram of a steam engine. I really enjoyed this story because of the detail the author included. He used details from the official records of a train journey in 1869, even making sure to mention the correct engine numbers of the steam engines. He details which parts of the journey required a second steam engine to pull the train up large hills and the exhilaration of speeding down the mountains.
  DuffyBL | Jul 24, 2018 |
Locomotive is a beautifully illustrated and written book that seems to be written in verse. It tells the story of a trip West on the transcontinental railroad in 1869, not only what it was like on the train but describes the landscape the train is traveling through. Some words jump out from the page: All Aboard! Full Steam Ahead!! The illustrations are incredibly detailed. Not only do they show life on and around the railroad, but they include maps and a cutaway of a steam engine. The endnotes include factual information about the time and life while the the railroad was being built. ( )
  gharhar | Jul 23, 2018 |
This is a narrative nonfiction book about steam trains and the transcontinental railroad. While it's written in narrative, it's also written in poetry form and describes a trip on the journey west and includes some comparisons to prior modes of travel. The illustrations are very rich and detailed - this book is a Caldecott Winner! The text also includes a lot of details as well as some onomatopoeia that keep the text from becoming too heavy. The inside covers of the book also include additional information - in the front, a map and some text boxes, and in the back, a detailed diagram of a steam locomotive as well as more text in paragraph form.
  BTPiglet | Jul 17, 2018 |
Locomotive by Brian Floca is a non-fiction informational book about a family's experience as they take a trip on a transcontinental railroad across America in 1869. The illustrations are outstanding and very detailed. The book won the 2014 Caldecott Award. This book would be beneficial for people of all ages interested in learning more about trains and the transcontinental railroad.
  JoanEChasse | Jul 10, 2018 |
This was a very interesting book because it basically showcased a blast from the past. The book showcases the historical importance of the first railroad transcriptional that was introduced in the 19th century. It's very interesting to read as an adult because lets the readers see how public transportation was back then. ( )
  nawal18 | Jun 8, 2018 |
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I purchased this book from BarnesandNoble.com

If you haven't checked out this year's Caldecott Award Winner, then you absolutely must! Along with my newfound appreciation for Children's Literature, I decided to purchase this book as a deal I had through my B&N membership. I had so much fun reading it and enjoying the illustrations, whilst being introduced to the writings and artwork of Brian Floca. You will not be disappointed!

Locomotive journeys through a family's travelings from Omaha, Nebraska to Sacramento, California in 1869 as a result of Abraham Lincoln's involvement in the Pacific Railway Act. This act connects the east to the west by railroad, and the project was completed 5 years ahead of schedule. Through the reading and illustrations, Floca transports us across the US and provides the reader a learning experience along the way. There's just enough history and detailed illustration for older children to observe, while younger children can chug along with the rhythm of free-verse and onomatopoeia.

Floca also provides a curriculum guide to use Locomotive as a tool for educational purposes. He shows how to develop a sense of integration between text and illustration to build knowledge for students and children. Resources can be found in the sleeves and inside covers to establish foundational learning and maximize comprehension. Floca has taken the time and effort to provide readers and educators multiple options for retention.

Honestly, I am very impressed with Brian Floca's ability to balance text and illustration. Most authors I come across who attempt to wear both hats of "Illustrator" and "Wordsmith" tend to lack in one of the areas. Not in this case. Not only does Floca succeed in accomplishing both, rightfully being accompanied by the Caldecott Award, but he also goes above and beyond to ensure that it is a true learning experience complete with vehemently researched facts. He purposefully changes font, size, and color to keep the reader interested and retain a mental image of the information.

In my opinion, Floca's artwork is beautiful. Just an interesting little tidbit, it took him 4 years to produce Locomotive. Although, in his own opinion, watercolor isn't his forte nor his first choice, he's produced amazing work worthy of reward.
 

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Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

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