Casey Jones by Allan Drummond

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Synopsis

Listen to the story of the railroad's greatest hero!

Now all of this happened
a hundred years ago
but it's a story that everyone
ought to know
'cause the railroad back then
was the mightiest thing
and the loco engineer
was the Iron Horse King!

With action-packed, intricately detailed pictures and text that whistles off the page, here is the tale of the locomotive engineer John Luther "Casey" Jones, who died at his post with one hand on the whistle and the other on the air-brake lever -- a hero to the end.

Drummond paints a lively picture of railroading in its heyday as he tells the story of an American legend.
 

About Allan Drummond

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Allan Drummond holds a B.A. in graphic design and an M.A. in illustration. In 2004 he became chair of the Savannah College of Art and Design. www.allandrummond.com.
 
Published March 23, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Once out of town, Casey opens her up: "The train was full of people / from all down the line— / mothers and children / all asleep at the time— / and the milk and the mailbags / from all over the state, / and everyone knew they were / running late."

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Related by two of Jones's African-American co-workers, engine wiper Wallace Saunders and fireman Sim Webb, the verses whisk readers back in time to when the railroad ""was the mightiest thing,/ and the loco engineer/ was the Iron Horse King."" They set the stage for the fateful night when Casey c...

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