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Locomotive by Brian Floca
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Locomotive (original 2013; edition 2013)

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

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It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and families are traveling together, riding America's brand new transcontinental railroad. The pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean. Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!… (more)
Member:kbieber
Title:Locomotive
Authors:Brian Floca (Author)
Other authors:Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (2013), Edition: Illustrated, 64 pages
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Tags:trains, railroad history

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Locomotive by Brian Floca (2013)

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The transcontinental railroad has just been built allowing crews and families to travel across the country. This book builds on the detail of the locomotive from how it sounds to its speed and strength. This train traveled from the West Coast to the East Coast of America. Although there is great artwork and use of word choice, this book is quite lengthy in that children might lose interest. ( )
  BKmiec | Nov 8, 2021 |
This story seems to be a good representative of what we expect the railroad to have been like before the invention of affordable cars. The story would be a great start to a unit on how the Western United States was colonized, and about the people that built the rail road for all that to happen. There is so much symbolism attached to train and American, and because of that every citizen should have some introduction to it and this book would be a great place to start. ( )
  Brett904 | Nov 5, 2021 |
In the summer of 1869, passengers travel on the first transcontinental railway to the West coast. The rich details in this informational book depict numerous aspects of the early history of travel by train. Caldecott Medal Winner, 2014. Map of Transcontinental Railroad, Note on the Locomotive, Steam Power Technical Diagram, Sources.
  NCSS | Jul 23, 2021 |
The wonderful illustrations and vivid text bring to life a trip from Omaha to California on the transcontinental railroad. Detailed information at the front and back expands on the history and science of steam locomotives, with attention paid not only to the welcome changes it brought but also to those upon whom the changes were imposed. While it briefly touches on the building of the tracks, one should seek further materials to explore that topic. Suitable for ages 4 to 10. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jan 8, 2021 |
Locomotive, written by Brian Floca. This book focuses on the making of the transcontinental rrailroad. I love this book because the pictures are amazingly done, and the readers get to understand exactly how much work went into making the Transcontinental Railroad. (compound) The transcontinental railroad was made my blood, sweat, and tears. The railroad at the time was amazing, it reduced wait times by weeks, and it was cost efficient. This book clearly shows through the pictures what exactly happened and just exactly how far the transcontinental railroad went. I would say the intended audience is 3-5 graders for this book.

The following Teks I have listed vary from grade to grade, however I would set up the week for transportation by looking at different modes within different time periods, at the same time incorporate education, and other things about that particular culture to help gain their understanding. I would read this book on one of the days and connect it to the past but also the present.

3rd grade Tek:
(2) History. The student understands common characteristics of communities, past and present. The student is expected to:

(A) identify reasons people have formed communities, including a need for security and laws, religious freedom, and material well-being; and

(B) compare ways in which people in the local community and other communities meet their needs for government, education, communication, transportation, and recreation.

4th grade Tek:
(8) Geography. The student understands how people adapt to and modify their environment. The student is expected to:

(A) describe ways people have adapted to and modified their environment in Texas, past and present, such as timber clearing, agricultural production, wetlands drainage, energy production, and construction of dams;

(B) explain reasons why people have adapted to and modified their environment in Texas, past and present, such as the use of natural resources to meet basic needs, facilitate transportation, and enhance recreational activities; and

(C) compare the positive and negative consequences of human modification of the environment in Texas, past and present.

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(22) Science, technology, and society. The student understands the impact of science and technology on society in the United States. The student is expected to:

(A) identify the accomplishments of notable individuals in the fields of science and technology such as Benjamin Franklin, Eli Whitney, John Deere, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington Carver, the Wright Brothers, and Neil Armstrong;

(B) identify how scientific discoveries, technological innovations, and the rapid growth of technology industries have advanced the economic development of the United States, including the transcontinental railroad and the space program; and

(C) explain how scientific discoveries and technological innovations in the fields of medicine, communication, and transportation have benefited individuals and society in the United States. ( )
  atf009 | Nov 21, 2020 |
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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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It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and families are traveling together, riding America's brand new transcontinental railroad. The pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean. Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

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