1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2011
Gordon Lightfoot's iconic song illustrated beautifully by well known illustrator, Ian Wallace. Captures Canadian history of the building of the railroad across the country. A book for all ages from children to adults. Children will love and learn with this book. Adults will be entranced to see a favourite song illustrated. Also a great coffee table book. Such a marvellous achievement of the melding of words and art.
on July 20, 2014
The book is basically a collection of illustrations to go with the lyrics of the song, and as such I guess it is OK.
I was most disappointed that there wasn't more written content. Other than a line from the lyrics across the bottom of each picture the entire text consists of 2 pages at the back of the book where the author talks about his inspiration for the pictures.
And as for the illustrations, someone once said "I don't know much about art but I know what I like". Well, I don't particularly like these ones. The people are all portrayed with somewhat distorted proportions, a bit too wide for their height and I am sure the author has never looked closely at either a steam locomotive or railroad tracks because they just wouldn't work if they were built the way he shows. I know they are not technical drawings and are only supposed to give an impression of what the lyrics mean to the artist but really, in this day & age with all of the historical images available on the internet without leaving your own home, there is no excuse for not at least getting the basic details correct.
on November 4, 2011
This is a beautiful book. Lightfoot's classic song accompanied with superb illustrations. If you care about this country and its history, give it to a child in your life. I gave this book to my 4 year old grandson who is a train enthusiast(Thomas and all that). I read it to him one day after we had gone on a little hike to see crews rebuilding the historic Kinsol Trestle on Vancouver Island. He sat in rapt attention and was very excited when we came to the trestle page. Later he told his mom, "I love this book!"
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2010
The book is awesome and my granddaughter loves it! The shipping time, however, was terrible! It took forever. I ordered it from Canada because I wanted my granddaughter to get it before it was released in the U.S. When I look at DHL tracking for the item, the book went all over the United States before it got to my granddaughter's house in New York.