A young Mi’gmaq girl learns from her great-uncle how a train used to come to their community to take the children away to residential school.
Ashley meets her great-uncle by the old train tracks near their reserve in Nova Scotia. When she sees his sadness, he shares with her the history of those tracks. Uncle tells her that, during his childhood, the train would bring their community supplies, but there came a day when the train took away with it something much more important. One day he and the other children from the reserve were taken aboard and transported to a residential school, where their lives were changed forever. Ashley promises to wait with her uncle as he sits by the tracks, waiting for what was taken from their people to come back to them.
Jodie Callaghan is a Mi'gmaq woman from the Listuguj First Nation in Gespe'gewa'gi near Quebec. She has always been drawn to storytelling and has found writing to be the best way to connect to her history and her culture. She was inspired to write The Train after listening to many people tell her about their residential school experiences. Jodie is currently working as an adult-education teacher in her community. She lives with her husband, child and two pugs.
Georgia Lesley is a Canadian-born professional artist and illustrator living in British Columbia's Cariboo Region. Her illustrations have been published by Scholastic Canada and in various materials, including books, posters and calendars for the Nlaka'pamux Nation Tribal Council, the Fraser Thompson Indian Services Society, Doctors of BC and the First Nations Health Authority. Georgia is primarily self-taught. She loved drawing and painting as a child, which started a lifelong passion. She began illustrating in 2006 and strives to create a sense of depth, emotion and visual storytelling to assist and enhance the written word.
Author: Jodie Callaghan
Illustrator: Georgia Lesley
Hardcover, 32 pages, 8.5 in H | 8.5 in W | 0.3 in T
Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian
Ages 6 to 8, Grades 1 to 3
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