The Prairie Train by Antoine O Flatharta

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"Once upon a time there was a train that dreamed of being a boat."

It was the train that took immigrants seeking a better life in the New World across the endless flat prairies to San Francisco. And it was the train that took Conor, a small homesick boy from Ireland, on the voyage he would remember for the rest of his life. While on that train, Conor dreams of being back in Connemara, Ireland, with his grandfather when suddenly, to his amazement, the waving prairie grass becomes the sea and the train on which he is traveling, like a boat, sails across it right back to his home. How Conor comes to realize that the home he's left behind will always be with him provides a reassuring and deeply satisfying resolution to this poignant tale. The dreamlike paintings by Caldecott Honor artist Eric Rohmann combine with the lyrical text of Irish playwright Antoine Ó Flatharta to make this one of the most memorable books of this--or any--season.
 

About Antoine O Flatharta

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Antoine Ó Flatharta lives in Ireland.Eric Rohmann lives in the Chicago area.
 
Published October 12, 1999 by Crown Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"With cadenced prose, the author crafts a gentle fantasy about looking back and moving forward," wrote PW .

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Despite being created at ""a time when train engines were as shiny and extraordinary as rocket ships,"" the Prairie Train longs ""to be an old-fashioned boat with billowing sails, to take a journey that wasn't set by tracks."" The opening point of view shifts abruptly to that of Conor, a young Ir...

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