“Steamer was an old steam locomotive known as #412 who worked on the Cotton Line. After World War II, steam locomotives were being rapidly replaced by diesel locomotives. Old #412 knew that his time to serve was limited. Much sooner than he expected #412 found himself retired in an old siding in the locomotive shop. But he received a reprieve when a stockholder from the Ozark railroad decided to purchase the locomotive. Old #412 became OMMR #1 and proudly took his place in building up the new rail line. When his owner unexpectedly gets seriously injured, the locomotive comes to his rescue. What will the future hold for the hard-working, determined steamer?
This charming book provides a bit of railroad history, while at the same time, teaches young readers that everything in life has value and purpose, whether old or new. The author’s love of trains oozes throughout the story. Children who are fascinated with trains will enjoy the story as well as the illustrations, reminiscent of The Thomas Train series. I would classify the book as an early chapter book, though it could also serve as a bedtime story, or homeschool read aloud focusing on railroad history. Any age reader will enjoy it; the author’s links to additional train history, coloring pages, and railroad museums are a nice bonus.
Readers of all ages, and stages will enjoy this wonderful story.
Train lovers and historians of course will LOVE it, but the story line is written so well that EVERYONE will be drawn into the tale. The characters are wholesome, encouraging, and kind of heart; something that is very important to our family. The illustrations are beautiful and help spark the imagination as you read along. The quality is outstanding and VERY professional. Our family looks forward to the continuation of the series and watching this gifted author.
What a wonderful read for anyone who has been told they are old and useless and have no purpose anymore. This is a story about a steam engine that was made for a greater purpose that led to a more fulfilling journey. I kept thinking of the beloved clasic, “The Little Engine that Could” and found myself cheering the main character on. I love that the series teaches on some actual railroad history in the Ozark Mountains area. This would be wonderful supplementary material for homeschoolers who are learning on the history of the railroad, or for anyone who loves trains as much as the author of this series. The additional materials to further learning and enjoyment offered at the back of the book are a plus! I look forward to reading more of this series in the future.
All my grandchildren are fascinated with trains. This was a wonderful story to read to all of them. They range in ages from 3 to 7 and were captivated just as I was to follow the journey of this treasured locomotive. Beautiful illustrations with a story to match. I look forward to reading more from this Series.
As a fan of historical fiction I found this book to be enchanting. It blends historic fact with fantasy that all ages can relate to. I love the message in the background that one is never too old to be useful and achieve success. The intelligence of the young writer appears in many different shapes and forms. I would recommend the story to all regardless of gender or a deep interest in trains. I look forward to the next book release. Congratulations to the author.
About Isaac the Author
Isaac has always been fascinated with the railroad and history surrounding how it brought life to towns across the nation. He is currently a sophomore in High School and is an encyclopedia of railroad knowledge. His dream is to inspire children of all ages to learn about the impact of trains and perhaps one day build a line himself.
When he is not writing, you will find him in the Ozark Mountains enjoying all that life on a homestead provides. His beloved animals, LEGO trains, shooting sports, photography, art, science, survival skills, and reading are among his favorites.
Best way to describe the book series:
Train Book Series, Children’s Books about Trains, Books for Kids who like Trains, Bedtime Train Stories, Story Books about Trains
Editor: Sheli Kay