The Stourbridge Lion: America’s First Locomotive
Author: Karl Zimmermann
Illustrator: Steven Walker
Publisher: Boyds Mill Press, Inc.
Illustrations: full page illustrations
Text density: 2-5 sentences per page spread
Age: 3 and older (young children may not understand all the text, but they will enjoy the pictures)
Summary: The Stourbridge Lion: America’s First Locomotive
The story of the Stourbridge Lion, the first commercial steam locomotive in America, began when Horatio Allen traveled to England to purchase a locomotive to help transport coal over the Moosic mountains in Pennsylvania. On August 8, 1929, Allen tested the locomotive for the first time surrounded by skeptics. To the amazement of the crowd, the Stourbridge Lion completed its first run and successfully began to cart coal across the difficult passage. Now the locomotive remains at the Wayne County Historical Society in Pennsylvania.
Illustrations: The Stourbridge Lion: America’s First Locomotive
Steven Walkers’ oil illustrations beautifully accompany the text of this outstanding picture book. Children will love the imaginative landscapes and depictions of the Stourbridge Locomotive.
|THE STOURBRIDGE LION. Text copyright © 2012 by Karl Zimmermann. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Chuck Steven Walker. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Boyds Mill Press, Inc. (Please do not pin, copy, or reproduce!)|
Comments: The Stourbridge Lion: America’s First Locomotive
This picture book will not only educate young children on the beginning of steam locomotives in America but will also interest them in trains in general, history, and museums. Well written and illustrated, this new release should be seriously considered as an addition to any school or public library and would make a beautiful gift to the child who loves trains. (See The Stourbridge Lion: America’s First Locomotive on Amazon)
Review of The Stourbridge Lion: America’s First Locomotive by Kirkus Review
Bio on Horatio Allen from the Railroad Hall of Fame
History of the Stourbridge Lion from the Wayne County Historical Society
The Stourbridge Lion website
Lionel Stourbridge Lion model
Dover trains around the world coloring book
Other books by Karl Zimmermann
Other books illustrated by Steven Walker
Video about the history of the Stourbridge Lion: