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Children's Nonfiction General

Let's Go!

The Story of Getting from There to Here

by (author) Lizann Flatt

illustrated by Scot Ritchie

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2007
General, Aviation
Recommended Age
5 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
    List Price

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Where to buy it

Out of print

This edition is not currently available in bookstores. Check your local library or search for used copies at Abebooks.


Let's Go! takes readers on an amazing journey across our continent and through time to discover all the ways we’ve used to get from one place to another. From the very first "travelers" who came to this cold land across the Bering Land Bridge and through to future space travel, the story of transportation through the ages is the story of peoples’ imagination, ingenuity, and resourcefulness. Readers take part in a journey across land, sea, and sky to see the First Peoples trailing travois and wearing snowshoes; traders and trappers crossing cold, fresh waters; and settlers in wooden ships, and horses pulling barges. Along the way, the pages offer a fascinating snapshot of life at different points in our history. As steamships, railways, streetcars, bicycles, cars, and airplanes come along, we see the world become a busier and busier place. And yet we’re reminded that we still use the same ways to get around that were used in ancient times. A final spread of amazing "Did You Know" facts rounds out the book with more fascinating information on the time periods and modes of transportation covered in the book.

About the authors

LIZANN FLATT has written many information books for children, including The Nature Treasury and Let’s Go! A former editor of chickaDEE Magazine, her children’s writing has won many honors, including a Distinguished Achievement Award from The Association of Educational Publishers. She lives in Muskoka, ON.

Lizann Flatt's profile page


Scot Ritchie est un auteur-illustrateur primé vivant à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Il a illustré, et parfois écrit, plus de 40 livres pour enfants, dont Suivons la carte, Dis-moi pourquoi et There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Puck.


Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.



Scot Ritchie's profile page


  • Commended, Canadian Library Association, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award
  • Short-listed, CYBILS, Non-fiction Picture Book Category

Editorial Reviews

This book is enjoyable to read, and enlivened by delightful illustrations . . .making learning about the history of transportation a fun ride for everyone!

…it’s all about the ways to get around and across Canada. Lively, colorful, full-page illustration.

Burnaby Now

Excellently done…Any child that loves trucks and cars will be intrigued by this illustrated timeline and will love the trivia included at the end of the book.

Fire up your imagination and get ready to embark on an adventure that starts in the days before cars, buses, and bikes, winds its way to the present, and takes a turn toward the future...You can read this transportation tale straight through the first time and then start over for an interactive challenge.

Modern Babies & Children

Just thinking about how much travel has changed in the last few centuries is mind-boggling. Let’s Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here gives children a greater understanding of how life changes with each new method of travel. It opens their eyes to the way they travel and makes them take more notice of their everyday surroundings... A great addition to the classroom as well as the home.

Will average people one day ride rockets into space? The book leaves that to kids’ imaginations to decide. Author Lizann Flatt does a great job educating as she entertains, accompanied by Scot Ritchie’s fun and fanciful illustrations.

The Flint Journal

Flatt’s text has a charming singsong quality to it that, when matched with the vivid illustrations and excellent graphic design, is sure to capture and hold the attention of the youngest reader.

The Telegram (St. John’s)

This excellent title tells the story of North America in a new and innovative way. Young readers will enjoy learning about how history changed as people found new ways to get themselves from one place to another.

Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews

From the Stone Age to today young readers get a glimpse into what it was like to travel across the country. From snowshoes to ships, from horses to cars, from trains to planes and the possibility of everyone traveling by space ship in the future. The fun illustrations and simple text show readers how our travel has changed over the years. You'll also find some interesting “Did you know?” facts about travel at the end of the book.

This book would be a wonderful addition to a unit on travel or change and introduces a good range of vocabulary (nouns and verbs) related to transportation...Well worth purchasing for any primary grades classroom.

Canadian Teacher

Flatt’s prose is evocative and this colorful cavalcade through time also has lots of eye appeal.

The Globe and Mail

The illustrations are cute…and it introduces different modes of transportation in a fun way.

TD Monthly

…gives a fantastic introduction to all of the different modes of transportation…With details down to the type of clothing people wore during the time period, children will enjoy all of Scot Ritchie's vibrant illustrations...Let's Go!: The Story of Getting from There to Here would be an excellent resource for a social studies classroom and a great book to spark discussion.

The Well-Read

Let’s Go! is an enticing history of transportation suitable for primary and junior students with cross-curriculum applications for literacy, social studies and science…Simple sentences with carefully chosen descriptors enrich understanding and enhance enjoyment…A delightful resource.

Professionally Speaking

The book offers a fresh look at a subject which is covered in many elementary classrooms; this book would make an ideal read-aloud, especially as an introduction to a research unit…Librarians who are looking to introduce transportation to students in a new and fun way will do well to purchase this volume.

Resource Links

The book is rich in descriptive language and follows a logical timeline…a fun selection for reading or browsing and a nice supplement to units on the history of transportation.

School Library Journal

For sharing reading time with younger children, this delightful picture book shoes how we have learned to travel…

Quebec Home & School News

Let’s Go! takes kids… on a trip through history, revealing how our ancestors and we got and get around – from toboggans and snowshoeing through all kinds of boats, trains, cars and more. Written in a simple sing-song manner and accompanied by bright, fun illustrations, this book will please the younger set.

Today’s Parent

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