Quattlebaum (The Magic Squad and the Dog of Great Potential, 1997, etc.) makes the subway a fairly exciting, thought-provoking place in a story about a girl and her mother traveling via the train to Nana's neighborhood: ``Down, down, down to the underground train, which rushes past like fast water.'' Once aboard, the girl scopes out the other passengers and watches ``the tunnel blurring by like a long, black night.'' The energy of the train is reflected in the bustle above-ground, where Smith shows swarms of tourists visiting the sights while locals go about their business—the elders rush around, youngsters jump rope and barrel down sidewalks on in-line skates.
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