The Train
The Train
Bookroo4.5 / 7Goodreads4.1 / 5

The Train

Written by Jodie Callaghan & illustrated by Georgia Lesley
Published by Second Story Press
Prices as of Jun 29

What Does Bookroo Think of The Train

“An educational and somber tale of mistreatment suffered by Indigenous children in Canada. ”

As a young girl walks home from school through the Canadian countryside, she happens upon her uncle, who is standing at the site of a demolished train station. When she asks what he is doing, he answers that he is waiting for the train. Seeing the tracks in disrepair and knowing the line to be abandoned, the girl is confused, but as they sit together, the uncle relates the tragic history of how he, along with siblings and over 150,000 Indigenous children in Canada, were forced to leave their homes and attend residential schools, where their heritage and culture were repressed. Now he waits for “what we lost that day to come back to us.” Lesley’s illustrations flow between semi abstract and realism, matching Callaghan’s somber story of a reality shaped by a tragic but almost forgotten past. The inclusion of details such as the uncle eating a raw potato make the story very personal and believable. The narration is rough at moments—why does the light in Uncle’s eyes counter an otherwise cheerful expression coming over his face?—and presents a time of historical mistreatment in a tone that would leave readers with a sense of hopelessness but for the girl’s willingness to join her uncle in waiting for better days to return.

What Kind of Book is The Train

Topics

Genres

Race, Ethnicities, & Nationalities

Reviews

Book Lists That Include The Train

The Creatives Behind the Book

What Has Jodie Callaghan Said About This Book

Nothing yet! You should let Jodie Callaghan know that you want to hear from them about their book.

What Has Georgia Lesley Said About This Book

Nothing yet! You should let Georgia Lesley know that you want to hear from them about their book.

Other Books You Might Enjoy If You Liked The Train

    Jingle Dancer
    Cornelius Van Wright, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Ying-hwa Hu
    When the Shadbush Blooms
    â €
    When I Was Eight
    4.8
    Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Gabrielle Grimard
    Johnny's Pheasant
    Julie Flett
    Zoe and the Fawn
    Catherine Jameson, Julie Flett
    Swift Fox All Along
    4.3
    Maya McKibbon, Rebecca Thomas
    The Thundermaker
    Alan Syliboy, Lindsay R Marshall
    How Nivi Got Her Names
    Charlene Chua
    The Gathering
    Theresa Meuse, Art Stevens
    The Forever Sky
    Thomas Peacock, Annette S. Lee
    View more

Book Details

ISBN
9781772601299
Publication Date
March 24, 2020
Page Count
32
Audience
Picture
Reading Age
6 - 8 years
ASIN/ISBN 10
1772601292

Contribute to this page

Core Score - 48%

Still needs the basics.

Depth Score - 15%

Just the barebones.

Improve this page

Are you the author or illustrator? Claim your book.

Bookroo

Book Clubs

Follow Bookroo