Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Flying Locomotive

We got an original copy of this wonderful little children's book -- The Flying Locomotive -- about Toto No. 2 (who thinks of himself as "The Greatest Locomotive in the World"), who must share a shed with a cow! Preposterous ... and delightful. William Pene du Bois wrote and illustrated this lovely little book. The pictures are the star of this book, so we wanted to share some of them with you.
William Pene du Bois was an American author and illustrator of children’s books noted for his comic coterie of peculiar characters. In 1948 he was awarded the Newbery Medal for The Twenty-One Balloons (1947). The Newbery is the most prestigious award in children's literature in the United States. It is given annually to the author of the year's most distinguished book for children. During his long career, he was honoured not only with the coveted Newbery Medal, but also twice with the Caldecott Honor Award (1952 and 1957). The Flying Locomotive was published in 1942.

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