Train by Charles Temple

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Here is a train trip to be savored, from the early dawn departure to that quiet moment when the passengers fall asleep. "Featuring an African American family on a train trip, Temple's graceful ballad never misses a beat, using repetition to pull its audience steadily along from beginning to end. . . . A deceptively simple book that rewards close attention." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
 

About Charles Temple

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Charles Temple teaches future teachers at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, where he chairs the Education department. He writes songs for and with elementary-school students. He has done pioneer research on invented spelling with Edmund Henderson at the University of Virginia and is now investigating the ways children think about stories. He has written three other books on the teaching of reading and writing and has recently returned from a lecture tour in Portugal, where he was a Fulbright scholar. Johnson is an artist and also serves as Youth Minister at a Baptist church and is cohost of a weekend sports radio show.
 
Published September 1, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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Publishers Weekly

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From the rhythmic clacking of the wheels to the rocking of the cars with their load of swaying passengers, the poetry in motion that is the essence of railroad travel reverberates throughout this lyri

Sep 04 1995 | Read Full Review of Train

Publishers Weekly

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Featuring an African American family on a train trip, Temple's (Shanty Boat) graceful ballad never misses a beat, using repetition to pull its audience steadily along from beginning to end: ""And the wheels come squeaking, and the smoke comes chuffing, and the train comes rolling down the rail.""...

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None of the songs are particularly weighty, mostly being generic but likeable soul workouts, although the title song and "Stop and Check Myself" (which was co-written by Green) do stand out as choice cuts.

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