The Cable Car and the Dragon by Herb Caen


The Cable Car and the Dragon by Herb Caen

This is the rollicking tale of the adventures of Charlie, the youngest cable car. Only sixty years old, he is tired of the same old rut. One night as he's puffing himself up Nob Hill, he hears a lot of excitement down below: Chinese New year! Suddenly, Charlie takes a right turn at Jackson Street, rather than the left he has taken for sixty years, and he finds himself in the middle of the parade. There he meets a friendly dragon named Chu Chin Chow, who is bored with his job. Charlie treats Chu to a cable car ride that looks as if it will end in a disastrous plunge into the San Francisco Bay--unless a miracle occurs.



Author Herb Caen is the well-known columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He has published other, adult books on San Francisco. This is his first children's book. Barbara Byfield, the illustrator, has illustrated and written books for children. -- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW,

this is the story of Charlie, the youngest cable car in the city, who encounters Chinese New Year's and joins the parade. -- USAIR MAGAZINE A cable car named Charlie and a Chinese dragon named Chu Chin Chow explore each other's very different worlds together--the hills of San Francisco and Chinatowns's New Year's celebration.

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40 pages


Herb Caen
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Publication date

31st March 1995



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