BLUEBONNET AT THE MARSHALL TRAIN DEPOT by Mary Brooke Casad

BLUEBONNET AT THE MARSHALL TRAIN DEPOT

Age Range: 5 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Setting story aside, the primary duty of Bluebonnet, an armadillo, is to aid and abet the public relations efforts of the Texas tourism industry. The only issue that could be construed as a character-driven conflict in this title is that Bluebonnet has missed Marshall’s Fire Ant Festival. Her real purpose, however, is to visit the Marshall train depot. Even when a fence bars her from entering that duly-described edifice, the fetching armadillo’s problem melts away under the benign gaze of T.P., a cat whose name stands for the Texas & Pacific. The two become ever-smilin’ buddies as T.P. tells Bluebonnet all manner of things of interest mostly to Texans and tourists. Texas schoolchildren helped mount a campaign to save the depot from demolition, readers learn, although they don’t learn why. Vincent’s illustrations offer a sense of the depot’s early-1900s bustle, however, and his critters are cute as can be. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 1-56554-311-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Pelican
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1999