The Train to Glasgow by Wilma Horsbrugh

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The train to Glasgow is about to depart from Donibristle Station. Mr. MacIver, the engine driver, is anxious to get going, and the guard is all set to wave his flag and blow his whistle. . . . But wait! Here comes young Donald MacBrain, racing full-tilt. Will he make it? Yes, and just in time! Donald, Mr. MacIver, the guard, various passengers, and some very lively feathered friends all play important roles in what turns out to be an unforgettable train ride to Glasgow.

This exuberant tale by Wilma Horsbrugh, told in a cumulative rhyme in the style of "The House That Jack Built," has delighted generations of British youngsters. For its first appearance as a picture book, it has been strikingly illustrated by Paul Cox.
 

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Published April 19, 2004 by Clarion Books. 32 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Horsbrugh builds up the tale cumulatively, but abandons that conceit near the end as, to repay young Donald McBrain for recapturing the errant fowl, the train’s guard “invited Donald to come to tea / On Saturday at Donibristle, / And let him blow his lovely whistle, / And said in all his life he’...

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New illustrations by Paul Cox bring to life a 1954 poem in The Train to Glasgow by Wilma Hornsbrugh, a cumulative rhyme that describes a near-calamitous trip.

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