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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 blows....

Title : Casey Jones's Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb
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ISBN : 9780803719293
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Casey Jones's Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb Reviews

  • Miss
    2019-02-17 20:21

    Plot SummarySims Webb was a young man who lived next to a railroad track. Everyday he would hear the trains go by. The sound to him was like a lullaby. He later began shoveling coal on board a train, a job he worked with Casey. One day as Casey was driving by, he stopped at a saloon. A man, whom Sims was very suspicious of, offered to give Casey a trumpet, whom he claimed belong to the angel Gabriel, to put on his train. Sims had a bad feeling about this man. Casey took the trumpet and put it on board his train. He blew all five of the trumpets. When it came time for the seven trumpet to be blown, there was not sufficient steam so Casey asked Sims to add more coal. Sims did not want to because he knew the danger. Casey insist he do it. So Sims did as he was told. When he did, the train began going too fast, while another train was on the track. Casey tried to slow the train down. He did. But Sims had to jump from the train, but it still crashed. Casey found in the rubble. No one else on the train was hurt. Sims retire and went back to being a brick layer.Personal ReactionI enjoyed the short story. I think Sims character had a lot of integrity. His skill to discern that the seventh trumpet was not a great idea displays him as a character whom Casey should have listened to. Critical InsightI was greatly surprised that this book was written based on a true story. I thought, "wow, what a great adventure." But as I read the end and read the side note, I realized that all of this was true. I think it made the book even more interesting now that know that piece of information.Suggested Age+8 I think this age group would enjoy the adventure of the trains and hearing how young Sims sat near the train tracks to listen to the trains as they went by.

  • Sharon Medina
    2019-01-23 13:22

    Sim Webb was a young black boy who loved trains. He knew his whole life that he was meant to do something special and bricklaying was not it. He worked hard on the railroad and became a firefighter, which was an accomplishment because this position was second to the train conductor and normally for whites. The book’s main idea was about the train wreck on the Cannonball Express, which was conducted by Casey Jones. Sim survived the wreck because Casey told him to jump. Casey was the only person who was killed in the wreck. The story was told through Sim’s eyes.Genre: Traditional Literature FictionSuggested Ages: 4 - 8 years

  • Kay
    2019-02-22 17:29

    Great biography of Sim Webb with cool extra info at the end for the moms and dads to read.