CASEY JONES'S FIREMAN by Nancy Farmer

CASEY JONES'S FIREMAN

The Story of Sim Webb
Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

What really happened on Casey Jones’ legendary last run? Lured by a mysterious red-haired stranger who boasts a fabulous set of golden pipes (which comprise the train’s whistle), Casey places a bet that the Cannonball can build up enough steam to make those pipes sing. Sim Webb, Casey’s fireman and friend, suspects that these pipes were stolen from the angel Gabriel by the devil himself. Will their sounding trigger the end of the world? Other-worldly splashes of radiant gold highlight illustrations that picture Sim’s youthful fascination with the railroad, his rise to fireman, the brilliantly lit interior of the engine, and finally the headlights of the Cannonball as it wends its fateful way through the mountains on its final journey. Children will relish this little-known piece of railroad lore, with its echoes of an epic battle being waged, and won. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-8037-1929-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1999