Genre- Historical Fiction

train-to-somewhereTitle: Train to Somewhere

Author: Eve Bunting

Publisher: Clarion Books

Age Level: Elementary (3-4) or Upper (5-6)

Date: 1996

Summary: “In the late 1800s, Marianne travels westward on the Orphan Train in hopes of being placed with a caring family.”

Strengths: The text in the book is really moving. As you read the book, you feel like you are a fly on the wall watching as everything is going on. You also put yourself in the childrens shoes and feel their emotion. I like the page spreads, all text on one side and the illustration on the other. The full page illustrations really go along with the text and help explain what is going on. I think this is helpful for students not that do not quite understand the Orphan Trains.

Concerns: As I was reading the book, some parts are really sad. The story itself is about something really scary to students, being alone without parents. I think this is something students should be aware of though and the book is a great way of showing them how the time period was for orphans. However, the book did give a sense of hope that Marianne would either find her mother or be adopted.

Classroom Use: This would be a great book to read to students. I personally had no idea about these Orphan Trains. The class could do a unit about these Orphan Trains and discuss why their were so many orphans and what they think about the orphan trains, good or bad.

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Published in: on March 10, 2009 at 4:05 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. There’s another wonderful book about the orphan trains for slightly older readers, “Orphan train rider: one boy’s true story” by Andrea Warren, that you might enjoy.


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