My Little Square Book of Steam Locomotives

My Little Square Book of Steam Locomotives

by Bob Shepherd




Designed to the 8-1/2" square format, "My Little Square Book of Steam Locomotives" is simple to read and factually educational in its content. This full-color, 32-page, children's book presents a fascinating look at steam locomotives in the nonfiction genre. Entertaining and informative, children learn how steam locomotives work; how to identify steam locomotives by their wheel arrangements; how brakeman slowed and stopped trains by climbing up on freight cars and turning brake wheels; what the first self-propelled steam engine looked like and how it evolved into providing steam power to locomotives; the purpose of water stops, the tender, and the caboose; and a glossary of steam locomotive 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 steam locomotives. This book about steam locomotives is the first 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: 9781512048858
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/20/2015
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 it 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. But specifically in the nonfiction genre, like "My Little Square Book of Steam Locomotives", so kids learn about the some interesting facts as opposed to pure fiction.

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