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Trunks All Aboard

An Elephant ABC

by Barbara Nichol, illustrated by W. Cornelius Van Horne

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When Grandpa goes traveling, he sends home postcards. But these are no ordinary postcards, and Grandpa is no ordinary man. At the turn of the century, Sir William Cornelius Van Horne was one of the most influential businessmen in North America. While in Europe in 1909, retired railroad president William Cornelius Van Horne sent hand-drawn postcards to his grandson in Montreal. He loved to draw elephants: elephants standing at the rail of an ocean liner, elephants smoking cigars on trains, and of course, elephants with their “trunks all aboard.”

Author Barbara Nichol was inspired by this collection of elephantine epistles and has written the whimsical and fanciful verse that captures the turn-of-century spirit of Van Horne’s creations.

About the Authors

Barbara Nichol

About the Author
Barbara Nichol has written nine children's books, is an essayist, dramatist for radio and television, comedy writer, songwriter, and, for many years, a documentarian for the CBC program, Ideas. The Home For Blind Women (a work of fiction), a short film authored by Nichol, won Genie and Golden Spire for Best Short Film awards.
Barbara has twice been nominated for a Juno award, winning one for her platinum recording "Beethoven Lives Upstairs." She has been a finalist for the Emmy Award for her special "Basil Hears a Noise" for Sesame Street and a Governor General's award for her book "Dippers." Barbara was a founding editor of The Walrus magazine.
Other Books By Barbara Nichol
Beethoven Lives Upstairs
Dippers
Safe and Sound
One Small Garden
Biscuits in the Cupboard
Trunks All Aboard: An Elephant ABC
Tales of Don Quixote
Tales of Don Quixote, Book Two
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W. Cornelius Van Horne

About the Author
Barbara Nichol has written nine children's books, is an essayist, dramatist for radio and television, comedy writer, songwriter, and, for many years, a documentarian for the CBC program, Ideas. The Home For Blind Women (a work of fiction), a short film authored by Nichol, won Genie and Golden Spire for Best Short Film awards.
Barbara has twice been nominated for a Juno award, winning one for her platinum recording "Beethoven Lives Upstairs." She has been a finalist for the Emmy Award for her special "Basil Hears a Noise" for Sesame Street and a Governor General's award for her book "Dippers." Barbara was a founding editor of The Walrus magazine.
Other Books By Barbara Nichol
Beethoven Lives Upstairs
Dippers
Safe and Sound
One Small Garden
Biscuits in the Cupboard
Trunks All Aboard: An Elephant ABC
Tales of Don Quixote
Tales of Don Quixote, Book Two
Author profile page >
Contributor Notes

Barbara Nichol is the author of Dippers, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, and Biscuits in the Cupboard, winner of the Mr. Christie Book Award. She is the director of the Juno Award-winning, platinum recording Beethoven Lives Upstairs, and author of the book. She has worked extensively in television and radio, including work for “Sesame Street,” and the CBC radio program "Ideas." She is also the author of The Home for Blind Women, which won a Genie Award for best short film.

Sir William Cornelius Van Horne was born in Illinois in 1843. He left school while in his teens and began to work for the railway. In 1881, he was hired to oversee the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canada’s transcontinental railroad. When he officially retired from the CPR in 1899, Van Horne worked on the creation of railways in Central America and pursued his many hobbies: farming, geology, painting, and art collecting. Van Horne died in 1915. His body was transported by train to a burial site in Joliet, Illinois.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 9
Grade:
1 to 4

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