Prairie Train

written by Marsha Wilson Chall, illustrated by John Thompson

A young girl experiences the thrill of her first train ride when she takes the Great Northern from the country to visit her grandmother in the city.

During the first half of the twentieth century, the legendary steam engines of the Great Northern Railroad ruled the American northwest from Seattle, Washington, to St. Paul, Minnesota. Riding the Empire Builder was the safest, fastest, and most comfortable way to travel. A young girl is taking her first train ride by herself across the prairie to visit her grandmother in St. Paul.

Graceful phrasing and word placement on the pages generate the rhythm of the journey, which is accentuated by train sounds that appear in italics. The colorful acrylic illustrations create both atmosphere and emotions and fans of steam locomotives will be particularly pleased with the pictures of the big working engine.