Locomotive by Brian Floca is the new Caldecott Winner! Yeah Brian! This informational text is full of details in pictures and words about a trip across the U. S. in 1869. The illustrations for this book are rendered in watercolor, ink, acrylic, and gouache. I love it's poetic style, but it doesn't rhyme. It's such a lovely historical story. We see specific parts of the train and the people that crew it. There are captivating landscapes and so many different kinds of perspective. It's written factually, but adds some humor and playfulness.
There is an extensive author's note and bibliography. This title is an amazing addition to the Caldecott winners and will be perfect for use in the classroom, 2nd grade and up.