All Aboard!

Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine

By Monica Kulling; Bill Slavin (Illustrator)
(Tundra Books, Paperback, 9781770495142, 32pp.)

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

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Description

In the second of Tundra's Great Idea Series, biographies for children who are just starting to read, Monica Kulling presents the life of an extraordinary man. There were few opportunities for the son of slaves, but Elijah McCoy's dreams led him to study mechanical engineering in Scotland. He learned everything there was to know about engines - how to design them and how to build them. But when he returned to the United States to look for work at the Michigan Central Railroad, the only job Elijah could get was shoveling coal into a train's firebox. Undaunted, he went on to invent a means of oiling the engine while the train was running, changing the face of travel around the world. With playful text and lively illustrations, "All Aboard Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine" may be the first biography a child discovers, and it will whet the appetite for many more.




About the Author
Monica Kulling has published over thirty-five titles for children, among them In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps it Up, selected by the Smithsonian as one of Ten Great Science Books for Kids. Her books have been regularly nominated for awards, including ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine.

BILL SLAVIN is a celebrated illustrator who lives in Millbrook Ontario. He has illustrated over 40 books for children, including "The Cat Came Back".
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