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by Donald Crews

Published by Greenwillow, 1992
32 pages
ISBN: 0-688-06436-1

Ages 6-9

In a companion book to Bigmama's (Greenwillow, 1991), Donald Crews recounts a dramatic event remembered from a childhood summer on Bigmama's farm. As darkness falls one night seven children decide to take a dangerous shortcut home along the train tracks to save time. When they hear the distant whistle of a freight train, they at first try to outrun the approaching train, but are finally forced to slide down the steep slope at the side of the tracks to avoid catastrophe. Five wordless double-page spreads of the passing train cars underscore the relief and the terror of the children who are humbled by their close brush with disaster: "We walked home without a word. ... We didn't tell anyone. We didn't talk about what happened for a very long time." CCBC categories: Picture Books; History.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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