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Peet, Bill.
THE CABOOSE WHO GOT LOOSE
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 1971.
IL K-3 RL 3.5
ISBN 0395148057
This was the first Bill Peet book I discovered.  My son loved trains and we were always looking for books about trains to read to him.  Do any of you like trains?  If you could be a train, which car would you want to be?  Well, this is a story of Katy Caboose.  She disliked being a caboose.  She thought it was too smoky, jerky and too many jolts!  She was frightened on the tracks in the mountains and afraid of caboose eating monsters in the dark tunnels.  She wanted to be free, and be anything but a caboose.  As she traveled along the tracks she thought of things she would like to bea quiet elm tree, a house on a shady street, or a cabin in the pines.  When she got to the freight yard she heard a voice, like a ghost.  It was the shack of the switchman sadly saying that she wanted to trade places with Katy.  For she thought Katy had the best life, being able to travel all over.  With her new point of view Katy decided not to complain, but to enjoy that ride at the end of the train.  But one hot afternoon, on a bare mountainside, Katy's bolt became loose and she was free from that train.  When the track came to a curve it sent Katy flying through the air.  You'll have to read the rest, to find out what happened next.   I hope you enjoy this story as much as my son does!  It's fun to read, because it's written in verse, that means it rhymes like some poems.  (Lorie Green. Library Media Specialist, Manor Hill Elementary, Liberty, MO  lgreen@mail.liberty.k12.mo.us)
SUBJECTS:     Railroads -- Trains -- Fiction
                        Stories in rhyme

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