My Little Square Book of Railroad Coal Cars

My Little Square Book of Railroad Coal Cars

by Bob Shepherd




Designed to the 8-1/2" square format, My Little Square Book of Railroad Coal Cars is simple to read and factually educational in its content. This full-color, 32-page, children's book presents a fascinating look at coal cars in the nonfiction genre. Entertaining and informative, children learn how to identify the parts of a coal car; the definition of a coal car; how coal cars are used for specialized purposes, such as hopper cars, covered hopper cars, and gondola cars; how coal cars are loaded and loaded; the purpose of coal processing facilities like tipples, truck dumps, and flood loaders; the history of the coal car; how the three major types of coal are formed in the ground; and a glossary of coal 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 coal cars. This book about railroad coal cars is the fourth 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: 9781516932900
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2015
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 Coal Cars," so kids learn about some interesting facts as opposed to pure fantasy.

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