Friday, October 19, 2012

We Rode the Orphan Trains

Warren, Andrea. We Rode the Orphan Trains. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

This is a nice collection of stories of some of those who rode the orphan trains who were still alive around the turn of the 21st century. The experiences were varied -- some were placed in good homes; others were less fortunate. The Children's Aid Society paid annual visits to those who were placed to make sure they were well-treated. If they were not, they were either sent back to an orphange or placed in another home. This is a great book to let children, especially those who had ancestors who went through the experience, know what it was like for those who rode the trains.   (4 stars)

This is a part of the Friday series on children's book and genealogy.

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