Peacebound Trains
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Annotation: Sumi's grandmother tells the story of her family's escape from Seoul during the Korean War, while they watch the trains which will eventually bring her mother back from army service.
Catalog Number: #231022
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 1996
Edition Date: c1996
Illustrator: Soentpiet, Chris K.,
Pages: 47 p.
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 0-618-04030-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-35517-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-618-04030-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-35517-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 94026797
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
ALA Booklist (Sun Sep 01 00:00:00 CDT 1996)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Horn Book (Mon Apr 01 00:00:00 CST 1996)
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
Word Count: 2,942
Reading Level: 4.7
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 44138 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.7 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q28710
Lexile: AD780L

While her mother is in the army, Sumi is living with her grandmother, on East Blossom Hill. Perched on her favorite rock, Sumi watches trains wind through the valley below, hears the lonely sound of their whistles piercing the air, and longs for the day her mother will return. The train whistle reminds Sumi's grandmother of a time when a train played an important role in her life too: long ago in Korea, when she and her family escaped Seoul at the last moment before the war came. In poetic language and exquisite paintings, PEACEBOUND TRAINS evokes the landscape and people of Korea and a special grandmother-granddaughter relationship.