I Dream of Trains [hc]
Written by Angela Johnson [Ohio] & illustrated by Loren Long [Ohio]
it's the sound of leaving
that speaks to my soul...
Poignant words and striking images join forces in this heartbreaking yet uplifting picture book about the son of a sharecropper, his love for trains, and his adulation of one legendary engineer, Casey Jones.
It's the story of a hero lost and a hero discovered, of a dream crushed then reawakened, but mostly it is a story of the force that sustains the human spirit- hope. 32 pages
"MacArthur Award winner Johnson (Heaven; Toning the Sweep) pens a reverie as piercing and poignant as the long cry of a train whistle against debut artist Long's breathtaking backdrops." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review (Ages 5-7)
2003 Golden Kite | Winner | Picture Book Illustration
September 1, 2003