The Last Train by Gordon M. Titcomb

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Based on a song by the acclaimed musician Gordon Titcomb, this is a hauntingly beautiful tribute to a bygone era when everyone traveled by train.


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GORDON TITCOMB is a composer and musician who has played with many well known artists including Arlo Guthrie, Hank Williams, Jr., Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, and Willie Nelson. THE LAST TRAIN is Gordon's first book for children. Gordon lives in Winsted, CT. Visit him at MINOR is an award-winning illustrator of over forty picture books for children, including Buzz Aldrin's LOOK TO THE STARS and AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL. As a child he remembers visiting the Burlington Railroad roundhouse in his hometown of Aurora, IL, to watch the big steam engines come and go. Wendell now lives in Washington, CT. Visit him at
Published September 14, 2010 by Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lyrics that sound perfectly pleasurable when sung can come across a bit maudlin on paper: “Now the flattened copper pennies look like little metal tears / That a railroad cries before it disappears.” (The illustration shows pennies, before and after, flattened on the rails.) Listening to the song...

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Whether young readers will respond to the elegiac quality of the verse, there's little doubt that railroad aficionados will pore over the crisply rendered railroad memorabilia—stamps, posters, photographs, a ticket punch—and the gleaming images of the locomotives themselves.

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