Time Train

Paul Fleischman, Author, Claire Ewart, Illustrator, Claire Ewart, Photographer
Paul Fleischman, Author, Claire Ewart, Illustrator, Claire Ewart, Photographer HarperCollins Publishers $15 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-021709-9
Reviewed on: 09/02/1991
Release date: 09/01/1991
Hardcover - 978-0-06-021710-5
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-06-443351-8
Prebound-Other - 32 pages - 978-0-606-06063-9
Prebound-Glued - 32 pages - 978-0-7857-2300-4
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-7807-3771-6
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When Miss Pym's class boards the Rocky Mountain Unlimited on a trip to learn ``all about dinosaurs,'' a seemingly ordinary outing takes a wildly unexpected turn. Fleischman's understated text sets up the illustrations as punch lines in this tongue-in-cheek time-travel adventure. Each stop offers bizarre views as the train carries the youngsters closer to their destination: the sight of a woolly mammoth across the snow-covered tundra signals ``that the weather had changed''; giant insects zooming through the train indicate that things ``had warmed up a bit.'' Only Miss Pym's continually startled expression belies the unusualness of the experience as the students make scrambled (dinosaur) eggs and romp with the behemoths on the beach. The larger-than-life train illustrations bring to mind Van Allsburg's The Polar Express , although Ewart's palette, with its vivid blues, greens and golds, has an otherworldly glow. Ages 5-9. (Sept.)
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