Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
Nine-year-old Mayann Francis and her family are travelling from their home in Cape Breton to New York City by train. Everything is exciting to young Mayann, from the beds that fold down to the stop in Montreal to visit friends. Most exciting of all is the chance to show off her brand new purse.
When the Francis family arrives in big, bustling New York City, Mayann visits with relatives, goes to the zoo, and rides the subway. She even receives a beautiful black doll, something she has never seen before. But one subway ride, she loses her beautiful purse. At first she's heartbroken, but she just might learn a lesson that makes the whole trip worthwhile.
About the authors
The Hon. Mayann Francis blazed a trail from her birth in the working-class community of Sydney, Whitney Pier, on Cape Breton Island and became the 31st Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, serving from 2006–2012, the first African-Nova Scotian to hold the position. Ms. Francis has received many awards and has degrees from Saint Mary’s University and New York University. She lives in Halifax with her cat, Angel.
Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo immigrated to Nova Scotia from the United States when she was twelve years old and has been drawing ever since she could hold a pencil. She has illustrated numerous children's books in including Mayann's Train Ride and Driftwood Dragons and Other Seaside Poems which were both shortlisted for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. Most of the time she uses watercolour, with either pencil or ink in her illustrations. Some of her work is featured on her website at www.tamaraheikalo.wixsite.com/artist. Currently, she lives in rural Quebec with her husband, Daniel Heikalo.