Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Another Great Nonfiction Book from Chronicle

Have you seen the new ABC book, C IS FOR CABOOSE: RIDING THE RAILS FROM A-Z? It is a pretty unique nonfiction alphabet book about the history of trains. Each letter of the alphabet introduces one or two words that relate to trains and the history of trains (Handcar, Hospital Train, Ticket) with a sentence about that word. The power is in the illustrations and photos. Several letters are accompanied by photos from history. There are also artifacts such as maps, tickets, etc. that accompany the text. This book seems great for lots of ages. Young children who love trains, will love to look through the pictures. For older children, the photos, illustrations and artifacts are engaging and educational. The final page of image credits helps readers see where each image originated. The combination of black and white photos and bright-colored illustrations works well. I can see this as another book that is one that children can grow with.

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