Título: Hiawatha Passing.
Editorial: Henry Holt,, NY:
Año de publicación: 1995
Ilustrador: Illustrated by Kenneth Shue
Condición del libro: Near Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine
Edición: 1st Edition
"A heartfelt evocation of a singular event: the passing of a train at night across a snowy midwestern landscape, as observed by a boy spending his first night at his grandparents’ farmhouse." --Kirkus Reviews, pointer
PreSchool-Grade 3?A boy wakes up in his grandparents' farmhouse, hearing "a low, distant sound." It gets louder, and finally a steam engine appears. It's the Hiawatha, a fast passenger train. Full-color oil paintings capture the splendor of the passing train through the use of intriguing perspectives. One scene shows the boy's view out the window through the "porthole" made by his breath on the frozen glass. A striking full-page illustration shows a head-on view of the huge and bright approaching headlight surrounded by darkness. The progression of pages brings the locomotive gradually closer, larger, and faster, until it passes and is shown again from a distance. Hagen's generally spare narrative sets the scene fairly well. Like the illustrations, the words reflect the boy's point of view, though in a couple of instances the ideas seem overstated. He imagines the rails "throbbing with energy and promise," for example, sounding more like a reminiscing adult than an amazed child. Similar in mood and appeal to Jim Aylesworth's Country Crossing (Atheneum, 1991) and Jonathan London's The Owl Who Became the Moon (Dutton, 1993), Hiawatha Passing captures the undeniable excitement of a roaring train in middle of the night.?Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
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