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Casey Jones's Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb

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Even though the railroad fireman senses danger ahead, he follows his engineer's command to increase the train's power so that the mysterious whistle ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000

Two Sides to the Story

by brooklynmusic on May 9, 2009

The song version of Casey Jones's death in a fateful collision is what brought me to this fictional story-book. Gorgeous full-color illustrations bring to life the upbringing and career of an African-American fireman (engineer's assistant) on a powerful steam locomotive. Sim Webb's efforts to save Casey Jones are ultimately unsuccessful: there's a vivid Satan-like figure, a gold steam whistle that casts a malevolent spell on the engineer, a horrible crash, and a beautiful, reassuring ending. Sure, it's moralistic, but it's a powerful story and Nancy Farmer tells it well, and James Bernardin paints it so you can feel the heat from the flames on your cheek as you read.

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