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Book Title: Freight Train|
The author of the book: Donald Crews
ISBN 13: 9781435112131
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.6
Edition: Barnes & Noble
Date of issue: November 13th 2008
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With forceful economy of words, Donald Crews introduces us to the train-less track, clearly missing its soul. But the cars soon come chugging along: a red caboose, orange tank car, yellow hopper car, green cattle car, blue gondola car, purple box car, and a black tender tugged by an ebony engine billowing thick steam. The eight cars are a majestic machine in motion, but we've yet to see it at its most awesome.
The train morphs into a rainbow blur as it picks up velocity, hurtling down the tracks. Through mountain tunnels it races, past sky-high cities that contain nothing stronger than the old-fashioned iron horse, over trestles bridging canyons hundreds of feet deep. The train is in its element wherever tracks can go, certain to deliver its cargo where promised. The cars vanish from our sight as they plow onward toward their destination, the same route taken by engineers for years and years. There's nothing like the atavistic power of a freight train going about its business.
Donald Crews writes well, but his artwork is a phenomenon. The steam pouring up out of the engine car is a wonder to behold, and the blurry train at maximum speed is even more astonishing. It's a treat for the eyes, as fresh as the illustrations in any picture book I can readily think of. Through the tunnel or dark of night, the blur takes on new visual dimensions, and it's impressive. I would rate Freight Train higher than one and a half stars if the story had more substance, but as it is, this a color show that preschoolers who love trains shouldn't miss. You can count on Donald Crews for artistic performances that will tarry in your imagination.
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Read information about the authorDonald Crews (born August 30, 1938) is an American illustrator and writer of children's picture books. In 2015, the American Library Association (ALA) honored him with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, recognizing his lasting contribution to children's literature. Common subjects of his include modern technology (especially travel vehicles), and childhood memories. His stories often include few humans.
Two of his works were runners-up, or Caldecott Honor Books, for the ALA's annual award for picture book illustration, the Caldecott Medal.
Donald Crews was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1938. He had an older brother, Asa who became Beth Israel Hospital's first African-American intern, and two sisters. His mother worked as a seamstress, and his father worked at the railroad, and several other odd jobs. For the summers he would travel down to rural Florida to stay with his grandmother, who he called "Bigmama". The difference between the big city and the farm caused him to create two, massively different types of art later on in his life.
From a young age, his talent for drawing was encouraged by his family and his teachers. When he got into high school, one of his teachers became a mentor to him, and personally made sure that he got into art school.
He graduated from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, and married another graduate, graphic artist Ann Jonas.
Crews was drafted into the army in 1963, and sent to Frankfurt, Germany. Their first daughter, Nina was born in Germany, and their second was born a year later in New York. Nina is also an award-winning children's book author.
While in Germany, he worked on several pieces for his portfolio, including the book We Read: A to Z (1967). After several suggestions from friends, he submitted it, and it was published by Harper & Row (now HarperCollins). The book relied on abstract ideas, rather than the clichés that were usually associated with ABC books. One classic example is the entry for the letter C: "Cc, corner: where the yellow is" is illustrated with a yellow square in the far corner of a red page in the book.
He created several other books over the next few years, but it was 1978's Freight Train that won him a Caldecott Honor and the respect of other artists in the field. He won another Caldecott Honor the next year for Truck. Several other transportation themed books followed, such as School Bus (1984), Flying (1986), and Sail Away (1995). His memories from his summers in Florida first appeared in Bigmama's and later in Shortcut. These stories are vastly different from his previous works, in that they focus on humans, and tell a more linear story.
Crews and his wife currently live in the state of New York in an old, restored farmhouse overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains.
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