All aboard! From the creator of the “stunning” (Booklist) Moonshot, a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads. It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean. Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!
This book is beautiful... but it's just SO long, and there's not much story to it, just a very detailed account of how a train ride would be from one end of the line to the other.
There are a lot of words in this book, and that's usually a big turn-off for me (my kids are pretty little and have correspondingly little attention spans), but it's not a problem with this book. The artwork is incredible, and even if I need to skim through the words, it's still a great read.