New Picture Book for Kids

Ste-e-e-e-eamboat A-Comin'! is a new children's book from Farrar, Straus and Giroux that will be out in April 2005. (Click on the book cover to pre-order it from

The author, Jill Esbaum, offers a concise lyrical story about America's steamboatin' days. She says her text was inspired by Mark Twain.

This is a perfect book to read aloud to children, or the perfect gift for a child who is just starting to learn how to read. Here at, we believe all kids need steamboats in their lives, so this is a good way to get them started!

The illustrations, by Adam Rex, are reminiscent of Norman Rockwell.

Here's an illustration by Adam Rex and text by Jill Esbaum.

Warning whistle,
last goodbyes,
hugs and kisses, teary eyes.

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Click here to go to the publisher's web site.
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