Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot

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This lavishly illustrated book brings Gordon Lightfoot’s heart-stirring song to readers young and old. Commissioned by the CBC in 1967 to mark Canada’s centennial year it eloquently describes the construction of the transcontinental railway — “an iron road runnin’ from the sea to the sea” — a great feat of nation building that changed Canada forever. Award-winning illustrator Ian Wallace brings the song to visual life with his sweeping landscapes and evocative portrayals of the people who lived the building of the railroad. The book includes Gordon Lightfoot’s music and lyrics, a brief history of the railroad and notes on the illustrations.

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Gordon Lightfoot, Canada's most famous folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, received international acclaim with songs such as "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and "If You Could Read My Mind." A great number of his songs have been recorded by well-known artists. He has won many awards, including seventeen Junos and the Governor General's Award, and he has been nominated for five Grammys. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor, and a member of the Order of Ontario, the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Ian Wallace is one of Canada's best-known children's book author/illustrators. He has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, and he has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Published December 1, 2010 by Groundwood Books. 56 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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In this dramatic, oversized tribute to the construction of that mighty railroad, both the lyrics of Lightfoot’s song “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” (1967) and Wallace’s dazzling chalk pastels powerfully illustrate the manifestation of that ambitious dream, emphasizing the ethnically diverse people w...

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Mountains, forests, coastline, and plains roll past as on a railway journey—miles of lonely wilderness the Canadian Pacific Railway was built to span.

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