My Little Square Book of Railroad Box Cars

My Little Square Book of Railroad Box Cars

by Bob Shepherd

Paperback(Large Print)



Designed to the 8-1/2" square format, My Little Square Book of Railroad Box Cars is simple to read and factually educational in its content. This full-color, 32-page, children's book presents a fascinating look at box cars in the nonfiction genre. Entertaining and informative, children learn how to identify the parts of a box car; the definition of a box car; why box cars have brake wheels; how box cars were used for specialized purposes, such as refrigerator and cattle cars, and military sleeper and galley cars; how box cars are being replaced by intermodal containers that are trucked or shipped to their destinations; the dangerous practice of freight-hopping; an introduction to a lovable singing "hobo" called "Boxcar Willie"; and a glossary of box car and railroading terms. Children who love trains will love this little book not only because of the knowledge it imparts to them, but because they can take pride in disseminating the knowledge gained to their friends, schoolmates, and even to older acquaintances who know little about railroad box cars. This book about railroad box cars is the third volume in a complete set of My Little Square Book titles listed below. By collecting the entire set, children will possess a mini-library that's all about trains. Recommended for readers between the ages of 8 and 12.

Volume 1: Steam Locomotives
Volume 2: Steam Locomotive Tender Cars
Volume 3: Railroad Box Cars
Volume 4: Railroad Coal Cars
Volume 5: Railroad Tank Cars
Volume 6: Cabooses

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781514678862
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/23/2015
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.09(d)

About the Author

When I was 4 or 5 years old, my mother purchased several Golden Books for me, one of which was entitled "The Little Engine that Could." In the tale, a long train must be pulled over a high mountain. Larger and stronger engines are asked to pull the train, but for various reasons they refuse. The request is sent to a small engine, who agrees to try. The little engine succeeds in pulling the train over the mountain while repeating over and over again its motto: "I think I can, I think I can!" That little Golden Book about how a little blue engine overcomes a seemingly impossible task became one of my most treasured possessions.
I suspect, in some small subconscious way, that was the beginning of my penchant for writing. I'm retired now, but my entire working career involved writing and editing in some form or another. As a technical writer, nonfiction writer, managing editor, and publications manager over a span of thirty years, my wife and I decided I should continue my writing in retirement as a children's book writer-specifically in the nonfiction genre, like "My Little Square Book of Railroad Box Cars," so kids learn about some interesting facts as opposed to pure fantasy.

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