In NY, trains are a part of our daily life. We tend to go about the day completely oblivious to these machines that keep our city moving. I've learned in the last few years that the convenience of trains takes on a whole new excitement in the eyes of a child. My daughter never misses a chance to point out the 'Choo-Choo' coming into town when it blows it's horn and a subway ride is so much more than just a morning commute.
A new book by a fellow New Yorker, Elisha Cooper, aptly named Train, captures the magic of these machines as seen by a child. You get to see a Commuter Train roll out of the city. It then meets a Passenger Train on it's way west, where we see a Freight Train. That Freight Train crosses the Great Plains to find an Overnight Train, complete with dinner and sleeping cars, that travels through the mountains. The last leg of our trip is on a High-Speed Train, which completes the journey west.
I am excited to say that Elisha has shared the creativity that went into this book on the walls of The Scholastic Store. He is appearing to sign his new book in an event tomorrow but if you've been in the Store over the last few days, you might have noticed him working in our Imagination Clubhouse. He has added a mural to our activity space based on the artwork he created in Train. Here's a few pictures of him working and, of course, the finished product!