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Children's Nonfiction General

Kids Book of Canada's Railway, The

and How the CPR Was Built

by (author) Deborah Hodge

illustrated by John Mantha

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2008
General, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2008
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2000
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
  • Reading age: 8 to 12


November 7, 1885, marked the completion of one of the longest, most expensive, most challenging engineering feats in the world --- the Canadian Pacific Railway. A ribbon of steel now united Canada from east to west. It took 30 000 workers less than five years to cross the wild land.

This title in the Kids Book of series is the story of Canada's first transcontinental railway and the thousands of people who made the dream of a united Canada a reality. This is also a look at the freight trains, school trains, troop trains and passenger trains that helped shape a country, the people who worked and rode on them and what our railway system looks like today.

About the authors

Deborah Hodge is the author of more than twenty-five books for children. She specializes in writing engaging non-fiction for young readers and loves the challenge of using few words to explain big thoughts. Many of Deborah’s books have received awards and have been published internationally. Her honors include the Information Book Award of Canada and the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, and she was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Her work has also appeared on ALA’s Top Ten Best Environmental Books for Youth. Deborah lives in Vancouver.

Deborah Hodge's profile page

John Mantha is a Toronto-based artist and illustrator. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, he graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art. John is the illustrator of twenty-six books including The Kids Book of Canada's Railway and The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration.

John Mantha's profile page


  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Commended, Book Design Award, Alcuin Society
  • Winner, Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada

Editorial Reviews

The building of the Canadian Pacific Railway is a remarkable story, and this informative new book from Kids Can does quite a good job of presenting it.—Quill & Quire

Other titles by Deborah Hodge

Other titles by John Mantha