I Dream of Trains

I Dream of Trains

By Angela Johnson; Loren Long (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780689826092, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2003

Description

Papa says

it's the sound of leaving

that speaks to my soul...



The poignant words of two-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Angela Johnson and striking images from fine artist Loren Long join forces in this heartbreaking yet uplifting picture book about a boy, his love for trains, and his adulation of one legendary engineer.


It's the story of a hero lost and a hero discovered, of a dream crushed then reawakened, but mostly it is a story of the force that sustains the human spirit -- hope.



About the Author
Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last", Heaven", and Toning the Sweep". The First Part Last" was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. She has written numerous books for younger readers, including the Coretta Scott King Honor Book When I Am Old with You", illustrated by David Soman; Wind Flyers" and I Dream of Trains", both illustrated by Loren Long; A Sweet Smell of Roses", illustrated by Eric Velasquez; and Lottie Paris Lives Here "and Lottie Paris and the Best Place", both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio.

Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama s "Of Thee I Sing"; the newest version of "The Little Engine that Could"; Madonna s second picture book, "Mr. Peabody s Apples"; "Nightsong" by Ari Berk; and" "the Barnstormers series. He also illustrated Frank McCourt s "Angela and the Baby Jesus" and is part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka s Trucktown series. Loren s work has appeared in "Time", "Sports Illustrated", "Forbes", "The Wall Street Journal, " and "The Atlantic". He lives with his wife and two sons in Westchester, Ohio. Visit him at LorenLong.com.