I Dream of Trains by Angela Johnson
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Papa says
it's the sound of leaving
that speaks to my soul...
The poignant words of two-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Angela Johnson and striking images from fine artist Loren Long join forces in this heartbreaking yet uplifting picture book about a boy, his love for trains, and his adulation of one legendary engineer.
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.

About Angela Johnson

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Angela Johnson received her first major literary prize in 1991, when her second picture book When I Am Old with You was named a Coretta Scott King Honor book. Since that time, she has gone on to win numerous accolades, including Coretta Scott King Awards for the novels Heaven and Toning the Sweep; and a second Coretta Scott King Honor for The Other Side: Shorter Poems. She lives in Kent, Ohio.
Published September 1, 2003 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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MacArthur Award winner Johnson (Heaven ; Toning the Sweep ) pens a reverie as piercing and poignant as the long cry of a train

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Long plays with perspective, using aerial views as the boy soars above his life in his daydreams (he crosses the Mississippi on a bridge of railroad ties, the shadow of his imagined hero beside him) and intimate close-ups as the boy returns to the reality of his life.

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