Little Blacknose - Hildegarde Hoyt Swift,  Lynd Ward
Little Blacknose, the last of the 1930 Newbery honors, is the story of a personified little train. More specifically Blacknose was the first steam locomotive to operate in New York, the DeWitt Clinton Locomotive. It's really not nearly as horrible or boring as it sounds, but neither is it a really stellar book. It was a quick and mostly painless read, but not one that is likely to stick with me. It was by turns cute, annoying, dull, funny, etc. I'm not sure what else to say about it other than this is not a book that is likely to appeal to modern children except for those who are extremely train obsessed.