Gordon Lightfoot: Canadian Railroad Trilogy (16)

516LHXxp70L[1]This is a wonderful book that is part of this month’s challenge for the Book Mine Set.  We are supposed to review a book by a local song writer.  And that is what I am doing here.

In this book for kids, Gordon Lightfoot creates a picture book from one of his songs.  The art work is by Ian Wallace and he does a wonderful job illustrating this wonderful book and bringing the song to life for kids.

This book is an ode to Canada and its natural beauty, a passionate portrait of the technological feat that was the railroad, and a celebration of and a mourning for those who changed the country forever and those whose lives were permanently changed by the railroad’s construction.

This is the first time that one of Gordon Lightfoot’s songs has been illustrated. It describes the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Lightfoot’s heart-stirring lyrics are paired with magnificent pastel drawings by Ian Wallace the show sweeping landscapes and evocative portrayals of the people who lived in the building of the railroad as they were building it.

This book could be used for historical and geographical projects at school–especially the elementary level. It will help kids realize how hard the men of the past worked to build a railway that we so much take for granted today.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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