Written by: Ian Graham
Illustrated by: David Antram
The You Wouldn’t Want to series covers a lot of ground. You can find books in the series about history, like You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Greek Athlete, and You Wouldn’t Want to be a Civil War Soldier. You can also find books about inventions that make our lives much easier, like You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Cell Phones, and You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Toilets. This wide variety of fun books teaches kids all kinds of topics with gross and funny facts that are sure to keep their interest.
You Wouldn’t Want to Work on the Railroad is one of the newest in the collection of whimsical books. Starting with the timeline of the railroad, it talks about all kinds of hazards a railway workers could expect to face. There are ‘handy hints’ throughout, like “Don’t volunteer for bridge building in you’re afraid of heights!”. It discusses the good and bad of the railroad, highlighting the important changes it had for America, as well as the the effect it had on workers and Native Americans alike.
If your kids enjoy You Wouldn’t Want to Work on the Railroad, make sure you check out other books in the series:
Recommended for Grades 3-5