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The Train They Call the City of New Orleans [Hardcover]

By Steve Goodman (Author)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.31" Width: 8.8" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.94 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2003
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
ISBN  0399238530  
EAN  9780399238536  
UPC  048228016991  

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Item Description...
Good morning, America, how are you?
Said don't you know me? I'm your native son.
I'm the train they call the city of New Orleans.
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done.

This classic tune captured the timeless soul of the American countryside and the golden era when people crossed it by train. Immortalized by the magical voice of Arlo Guthrie and sung around campfires by millions, "City of New Orleans" narrates the journey of the train with that name as it runs from snowy, industrial Chicago through small Midwestern towns to lush Louisiana.

Michael McCurdy's striking scratchboard-and-watercolor illustrations capture the change in landscapes seen out the windows and the lively events inside the cars, including a young adventurer exploring the entire train during his trip.

Illustrated by Michael McCurdy.

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More About Steve Goodman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steve Goodman is a Lecturer in Music Culture at the School of Sciences, Media, and Cultural Studies at the University of East London, a member of the CCRU (Cybernetic Culture Research Unit), and the founder of the record label Hyperdub. He produces bass-driven electronic music under the name kode9 and is also a member of the sound art collective Audint.

Steve Goodman was born in 1948 and died in 1984.

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Bright with Michael McCurdy's striking woodblock illustrations, "The Train They Call The City of New Orleans," a classic tune captured by the voice of Arlo Guthrie, comes to lilting life beginning with a map of the train trip from Chicago to New Orleans.

Evocative of a time when most travelers in the United States crossed the country by train, the lyrics of this familiar song are preceded by a map of the train's route.

Beginning in wintry Illinois readers find the "restless riders" in one of those fifteen cars, and watch the conductors prepare for their duties. Sacks of mail are loaded, and then the train pulls out of Kankakee through "freight yards full of old black men and the graveyards of the rusted automobiles."

Later Pullman porters ready berths for the night as engineers guide the mammoth locomotive toward the Midwest and Louisiana.

Youngsters will respond to the arresting illustrations and soon be humming along with the narrative.

- Gail Cooke

Not just for kids!  Jun 2, 2003
If you love the song, made famous by Arlo Guthrie, you probably like trains. If you like trains, this book is sure to delight you! It's a wonderful tribute to the classic folksong! Steve Goodman composed "The City of New Orleans" while riding the Illinois Central, while observing his fellow passengers and the passing landscape. Who can forget the warm images he recounted: of the old men playing cards, the young mother nursing her baby, the passengers being lulled to sleep by the rhythm of the rails? "Everything in this song actually happened," Goodman once said; "I'm no good at fiction." Michael McCurdy's illustrations, a combination of woodcuts and watercolors, must be seen and savored! The book is aimed toward children, and kids are certain to enjoy it. But I believe it will evoke stronger emotions in baby-boomers who remember the song and how it actually felt to "be gone 500 miles when the day is done".

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