Mayann’s Train Ride tracks sweet nostalgia

When school lets out for the summer, Mayann eagerly prepares for her family's trip to New York City.

Mayann's Train RideWhen school lets out for the summer, Mayann eagerly prepares for her family’s trip to New York City. She and her mother and father and sister are taking the train from their home in Cape Breton all the way to the big city where they are visiting family in Brooklyn. After a brief stop in Montreal, they arrive in New York where so many exciting adventures await. However, when Mayann leaves her beautiful new purse on the subway, she is heartbroken. A thoughtful gift from a family friend restores Mayann’s dampened spirits but also helps her come to a very important realization.

This sweet, nostalgic tale reads like a fond reminiscence. It genuinely portrays the wonder and excitement that this grand adventure held for yound Mayann while also managing to capture what it meant to her to lose her treasured green purse. Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo’s beautiful watercolour illustrations with their bold, dark outlines and retro feel help transport readers to this earlier time, and vividly depict each stage of the family’s journey.

A simple and lovely story with a satisfying resolution.

Mayann’s Train Ride
Written by Mayann Francis, illustrated by Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo
$19.95, hardcover, 32 pp.
Nimbus Publishing, 2015

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Lisa Doucet is the co-manager of Woozles Children’s Bookstore in Halifax. She shares her passion for children’s and young adult books as our young readers editor and book reviewer.

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