Orphan Trains: An Interactive History Adventure

Orphan Trains: An Interactive History Adventure

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by Elizabeth Raum
     
 

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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?

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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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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429662734
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Series:
You Choose: History Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
295,567
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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