Canadian Railroad Trilogy

Canadian Railroad Trilogy

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:

Nominee for the 2012 Silver Birch Express Award in the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Program

This lavishly illustrated book brings Gordon Lightfoot's heart-stirring song, "Canadian Railroad Trilogy," to readers young and old.

The song was commissioned by the CBC in 1967 to mark Canada's centennial year and it has been a classic ever since. It eloquently describes the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway -- "an iron road runnin' from the sea to the sea" -- a great feat of nation building that changed Canada forever for good and for ill, as in the process many people died and were dispossessed of their land.

Highly acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Ian Wallace brings the song to visual life with his sweeping landscapes and evocative portrayals of the people who lived the building of the railroad -- from the financiers in the east to First Nations people across the country to the thousands of navvies themselves, many of whom came from as far away as China.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780888999535
Branch Call Number: 819.1254 LIG
Characteristics: [56] p. ; col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Wallace, Ian 1950-


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Nov 24, 2018

This is a book (not CD) of a number of art works depicting the scenery and sentiment conveyed in the lyrics of Gordon Lightfoot's song of the same. Visually I find they are reasonably well done. Not spectacular, though.

Jan 21, 2014

the song was awesome

May 18, 2012

This book is a great book for expression. If you understand this poem deeply, it will turn into one of the greatest stories in history. I also like that for the first time, some one has illustrated this book.

May 10, 2012

This book is great.

Mar 24, 2012

I like the poem or song or whatever it was. It was really nice to read and the illustrations only enhanced the story.

Mar 16, 2012

Well this book confused me because i didn't know when they started singing the future song in the book so...but it is still really interesting.

Feb 20, 2012

this book is good

Feb 06, 2012

I didn't really like this book a lot. All I liked about it was the illustrations. The words were kind of hard to understand. I think the author might be bussy trying to make the words ryhme, he didn't even know what he is writing him self.

Jan 25, 2012

Very good pictues.

Jan 17, 2012

A highly enjoyable picture book as an adult. The notes at the back of the book about the illustrations are key to getting the full experience of this title. Students would benefit from discussing this text with a teacher. It really makes you think about the railroad and the price many paid to lay it down across Canada.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at ORL

To Top