The Train They Call the City of New Orleans by Steve Goodman

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Good morning, America, how are you?
Said don't you know me? I'm your native son.
I'm the train they call the city of New Orleans.
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done.

This classic tune captured the timeless soul of the American countryside and the golden era when people crossed it by train. Immortalized by the magical voice of Arlo Guthrie and sung around campfires by millions, "City of New Orleans" narrates the journey of the train with that name as it runs from snowy, industrial Chicago through small Midwestern towns to lush Louisiana.

Michael McCurdy's striking scratchboard-and-watercolor illustrations capture the change in landscapes seen out the windows and the lively events inside the cars, including a young adventurer exploring the entire train during his trip.

Illustrated by Michael McCurdy.

About Steve Goodman

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Steve Goodman is a Lecturer in Music Culture at the School of Sciences, Media, and Cultural Studies at the University of East London, a member of the CCRU (Cybernetic Culture Research Unit), and the founder of the record label Hyperdub. He produces bass-driven electronic music under the name kode9 and is also a member of the sound art collective Audint. Award-winning artist Michael McCurdy has illustrated more than 170 books for adults and children. His books often explore America's past, bringing to life its history and traditions. He lives with his wife, Deborah, on a farm in western Massachusetts.
Published June 2, 2003 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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/ Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle / Feel the wheels grumbling ’neath the floor”) aren’t really for youngsters—especially train-obsessed little ones—but music fans, railroad buffs, and folk-art aficionados will appreciate McCurdy’s memorable treatment.

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