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Bear on the Train

by Julie Lawson, illustrated by Brian Deines

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list price: $15.95
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published: Sep 1999
ISBN:9781550745603
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

Julie Lawson spent 18 years as an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time author in 1991. Since then, she has published over twenty books for young people, garnering awards and nominations, critical acclaim, and much recognition. Julie divides her time between writing at home and visiting schools and libraries. She has spoken to Roundtable groups, toured for Canadian Children's Book Week, conducted writing workshops, taught university courses on writing children's literature, and been a presenter at conferences for adults and children across North America. She lives in Victoria, B.C.
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Brian Deines

Brian Deines is an outstanding Canadian children's book illustrator who has been nominated for the Governor General's Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for his work. He has illustrated The Hockey Tree (Hockey sur le lac), One Hockey Night (Une belle soirée de hockey) and Our Canadian Flag. Brian has a wonderful way of painting light and conveying emotion, and lends that gift to the striking images in this book.
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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.

— School Library Journal

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

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

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

— Our Choice

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

— Booklist

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