Sunday, October 6, 2013

The latest picture book by Joy Cowley

Hero of the Hill by Joy Cowley, illustrations by Philip Webb
(Scholastic)

Engine H One-Ninety-Nine worked the Wairarapa line pulling carriages up the steep incline of the Rimutaka Hill. The engine pulled carriages up the hill even on days of rain or gale. Normal engines didn't have the power like the Fell locomotives.

A delightful rhyming tale about the reliable Fell trains that tackled the difficult Rimutaka Hill. Based on real engines, of which only Engine H 191 survives.

Joy Cowley has donated her royalties to the Fell Locomotive Museum at Featherston.

Philip Webb's illustrations are detailed and colourful, on full double page spreads. The design of the book further enhances the layout with strategically placed text.

Philip says at the end that the pictures aren't an accurate representation of the area - rather 'an impression' of the Rimataka Hill and its surrounds.

Four - Six year old boys will love this creative non-fiction story about the Fell engines. Teachers could use it in the junior school on topic studies about transport then and now. It is also going to be a lovely book for tourists who go to the Featherston area.


About the book launch

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