Crossing (Observations at a Railroad Crossing) is a beautiful illustrated book about sitting at a railroad crossing and observing the passing of the train and all the different train cars. Bagram Ibatoulline illustrations bring to life Philip Booth’s poetry.
Philip Booth is a poet who lived in New England from 1925 – 2007. Booth’s honors include Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and the Theodore Roethke Prize. In 1983 he was elected a Fellow of The Academy of American Poets. Booth’s poetry was published in many periodical events including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, and Denver Quarterly. He published 10 poetry collections and one book about writing poetry.
Crossing (Observations at a Railroad Crossing) was Bagram Ibatoulline first illustrated picture book. Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Omsk, Russia, and attended the State Academic Institute of Arts in Moscow. He has worked in fine arts, graphic arts, mural design, and textile design, and is adept at painting in different styles. He lives in Chichester, New York. One of his most famous illustrated books is “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” a 2006 novel by Kate DiCamillo. It follows the life of a china rabbit. The book won the 2006 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in Fiction category.
Here is what Goodreads wrote about Crossing (Observations at a Railroad Crossing):
“STOP LOOK LISTEN… a train is coming! Wait at the railroad crossing with the cars and excited children as the freight train passes through town. Try to name some of the one hundred cars, from the powerful steam engine to the caboose, and all the boxcars, tank cars, gondolas, cattle cars and hoppers in between. Poet Phillip Booth and first-time picture book artist Bagram Ibatoulline recreate all the magnificence, splendour and noise of a passing freight train, inviting the reader to be swept up in the excitement with them.”
Crossing is a great book to read very young children. It is also recommended for children in grades kindergarten through 2nd grade. You will love the illustrations and before long, your children will be reading to you.
There is a small blemish on the front cover, otherwise the book is like new.