Orphan Trains: An Interactive History Adventure

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In the early 1900s, adults hoped to find parents for homeless city children by sending them west on trains. Most of these children had no idea whether they would find kind adoptive families or be forced to work like slaves. Will you: • Head west after living on the streets of New York City? • Search for a home for you and your three younger siblings? • Try to care for yourself and your baby sister on your own?

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Overview

In the early 1900s, adults hoped to find parents for homeless city children by sending them west on trains. Most of these children had no idea whether they would find kind adoptive families or be forced to work like slaves. Will you: • Head west after living on the streets of New York City? • Search for a home for you and your three younger siblings? • Try to care for yourself and your baby sister on your own?

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Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
Second through fourth graders will enjoy this inventive book about the Orphan Trains of the 1800s. This is one in a series of Capstone's "You Choose" books. The premise is that readers imagine themselves to be one of the many homeless or neglected children of the period. Based on which choice they make at any point in the story, they fill in the rest of it. There are three major stories, with 55 possible choices and 21 endings. For example, the first story is about a newsboy working the streets who is offered a chance to go to work for a farmer or take a position with a banker. Most of the stories end happily, although the tough realities of the day are not ignored. For example, one little girl has to separate from her sister and never sees her again (although in another version, she does rediscover her). Raum includes powerful black-and-white photographs from archives of the period with simple, explanatory cut lines. There is also a glossary, a good index, a time line, a map of the United States during that period, and a resource section that includes a list of Internet sites. She lists references for those interested in other sources. This would be a good book for use in classrooms. It meets social studies learning outcomes related to American history. It is sturdily bound and printed on good paper. It will also have high appeal for the intended audience. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429662734
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: You Choose: History Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 204,436
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Raum has written over two-dozen nonfiction books for young readers, including a biography of Louis Armstrong for Capstone Press. She also has written picture books and adult nonfiction titles. She has a degrees in English literature and library science. Over the years, she has worked as a middle school and high school English teacher, an elementary school librarian, and a college library director. She loves to read and enjoys helping other readers discover great books. Elizabeth Raum has written many nonfiction books for children. She has also written picture books and books for adults. Two of her Capstone You Choose books, "Orphan Trains: An Interactive History Adventure" (2011) and "Can You Survive Storm Chasing?" (2012), are Junior Library Guild selections. Elizabeth lives in Michigan with her husband, Richard. Over the years she has lived in Vermont, New Jersey, Virginia, New York, and North Dakota. She has two grown sons and two granddaughters, who like reading her books. Elizabeth enjoys biking, hiking, reading, and—of course—writing!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

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    This book is a wonderful book that allows the reader to gain ins

    This book is a wonderful book that allows the reader to gain insight as to what the orphans may have experienced during this historical period. My children -as well as myself- could not put it down until we were done reading all of the possible scenarios. The "you choose" books series are all wonderful and I just cannot say enough good things about them to do them justice!

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