AUGUSTA — Central Maine Power Co. recently donated copies of “Locomotive” to more than 600 public, private and parochial schools and public libraries in its service territory. “Locomotive,” written and illustrated by Brian Flocca, won the 2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal which annually recognizes the year’s most distinguished American picture book for children, according to CMP news release.

“We’re happy to donate this wonderful book to the libraries and schools we serve,” said Sara Burns, president and CEO of CMP, in the release. “We hope “Locomotive” will spark a love for reading and creativity that lasts a lifetime.”

CMP’s donation comes as part of the utility’s charitable giving to community initiatives that help Maine families and communities engage children in the lifelong rewards of reading, learning and educational success.

“Locomotive” transports young readers back to 1869, when a family takes an unforgettable week-long trip from Omaha to Sacramento on America’s first transcontinental railroad. Illustrations show detailed portraits of the train, the travelers, and the crew, and the engaging story teaches kids about an important chapter in our nation’s history.

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