This book has been a favorite in our house for a long time. We used to check it out from the library all the time and then when we started FIAR I finally bought the book. It definitely is a classic. Today after we read the book we watched some old steam shovels in action on You Tube and then we watched a cruise ship go through the Panama Canal. We also watched a boat go through the Erie Canal (listening to the song too, of course!) and watched a little of the Soo Locks. The kids were also interested in creating their own books today. Jacob wrote a story about baseball, Jonah a book about animals, and Sarah was about Mike Mulligan.