The Train They Call the City of New Orleans

The Train They Call the City of New Orleans

By Steve Goodman; Michael McCurdy (Illustrator)

Putnam Juvenile, Hardcover, 9780399238536, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 2, 2003


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.