Langston's Train Ride by Robert Burleigh

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Robert Burleigh's inspiring text captures the magical moment when Langston Hughes came to believe in himself as a writer, as he first wrote "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."

Clackety clack clack clack...
Can you hear the rhythm of the train?
Langston Hughes did. Traveling to see his father in 1920, as he listened to the sounds of the train -- metal on metal, wheels on rails -- Hughes's imagination took flight. On that ride, he was inspired to write his first famous poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."
This picture book tells the story of Langston Hughes's rise to accomplishing his dream of being a writer. With bold, striking illustrations by Leonard Jenkins, here is a book for any young person with a dream.
 

About Robert Burleigh

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Robert Burleigh is the author of many books for children including Flight: the journey of Charles Lindbergh, which won the Orbus Pictus award. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
 
Published October 1, 2004 by Orchard. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Stunning illustrations cannot rescue a deeply flawed text that purports to capture Langston Hughes’s excitement upon writing “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” and its subsequent publication.

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Burleigh (Into the Woods ) imagines "the moment when Langston Hughes came to believe in himself as a writer," according to his author's note.

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