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published: Aug 2001
ISBN:9781553370680
publisher: Kids Can Press

Bear on the Train

by Julie Lawson, illustrated by Brian Deines

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list price: $7.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
published: Aug 2001
ISBN:9781553370680
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

One fall day, a bear follows the smell of grain down a mountain and onto a hopper car on a mile-long freight train. Nobody sees him but Jeffrey, who shouts at him to get off the train. The bear pays no attention and soon settles in for a long winter sleep. For months, Jeffrey watches for the train to pass through his town, and each time it does, he tries to rouse the bear. But it's not until the fresh green smells of spring are in the air that the bear wakes from his sleep and heads back up the mountain. Bear on the Train combines a beautifully written text with richly evocative illustrations to create an unusual tale of hibernation that hums with the rhythm of the rails.

About the Authors

Julie Lawson is the author of more than twenty children's and young adult titles. Her books have won the Sheila A. Egoff Literature Prize and been nominated for numerous awards, including various Forest of Reading Awards and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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Brian Deines is a fine artist and the award-winning illustrator of over 20 children's books, including A Bear in War, Bear on the Homefront, The Road to Afghanistan, and On a Snowy Night. Dragonfly Kites, part of a trilogy written by Tomson Highway, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for illustration and the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art, Brian lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife and daughter.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 100
Grade:
p to 17
Awards
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award
Editorial Reviews

Deines’s rich oil paintings ... are attractively textured — Best shared as a read-aloud to appreciate fully the language and captivating illustrations.


Beautiful text combines with the evocative illustrations to create an unusual tale of hibernation that hums with the rhythm of the rails.


Lawson’s words have a lovely elemental temper, spare, chiming and timeless ... The train and the landscapes it runs through are beautifully rendered by Deines, with an impressionistic sense of place harnessed by the implacable energy of the locomotive and its train of cars.

— Kirkus Reviews

Kids will enjoy the secret adventure story with its rollicking train rhythms and dramatic brown-shaded oil paintings.


Julie Lawson’s simple, repetitive text echoes the train’s rhythmic motion and lends itself to reading aloud. She gives her story a sense of authenticity, using accurate train vocabulary like “hopper” and “siding” and describing the train’s voyage west with geographical accuracy ...

— Quill & Quire

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