Canadian Railroad Trilogy

Canadian Railroad Trilogy

Book - 2010
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Nominee for the 2012 Silver Birch Express Award in the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Program

This lavishly illustrated book brings Gordon Lightfoot's heart-stirring song, "Canadian Railroad Trilogy," to readers young and old.

The song was commissioned by the CBC in 1967 to mark Canada's centennial year and it has been a classic ever since. It eloquently describes the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway -- "an iron road runnin' from the sea to the sea" -- a great feat of nation building that changed Canada forever for good and for ill, as in the process many people died and were dispossessed of their land.

Highly acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Ian Wallace brings the song to visual life with his sweeping landscapes and evocative portrayals of the people who lived the building of the railroad -- from the financiers in the east to First Nations people across the country to the thousands of navvies themselves, many of whom came from as far away as China.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780888999535
Branch Call Number: J 819 .1 LIG
Characteristics: [56] p. :,col. ill. ;,32 cm
Additional Contributors: Wallace, Ian 1950-

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dancesing29
Jan 21, 2014

the song was awesome

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silverbirchgirl
May 18, 2012

This book is a great book for expression. If you understand this poem deeply, it will turn into one of the greatest stories in history. I also like that for the first time, some one has illustrated this book.

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angela123qm
May 10, 2012

This book is great.

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LuluC4
Mar 24, 2012

I like the poem or song or whatever it was. It was really nice to read and the illustrations only enhanced the story.

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moonlight9104
Mar 16, 2012

Well this book confused me because i didn't know when they started singing the future song in the book so...but it is still really interesting.

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goofbob
Feb 20, 2012

this book is good

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DLPSsilverbirch
Feb 06, 2012

I didn't really like this book a lot. All I liked about it was the illustrations. The words were kind of hard to understand. I think the author might be bussy trying to make the words ryhme, he didn't even know what he is writing him self.

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morganjane
Jan 25, 2012

Very good pictues.

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Bookwormy78
Jan 17, 2012

A highly enjoyable picture book as an adult. The notes at the back of the book about the illustrations are key to getting the full experience of this title. Students would benefit from discussing this text with a teacher. It really makes you think about the railroad and the price many paid to lay it down across Canada.

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lmendes
Dec 22, 2011

I like the song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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