TRAIN TO SOMEWHERE by Eve Bunting
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TRAIN TO SOMEWHERE

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Age Range: 6 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A moving piece of Americana from a veteran team (Fly Away Home, 1992, etc.), introducing the orphan trains of the 19th and early 20th century to a picture-book audience. Marianne narrates; she's among 14 children from the orphanages and streets of New York City who are being shipped to the "New West" of Illinois and Iowa in search of good homes. At stop after stop her traveling mates are chosen, some clearly for their strength and usefulness, others for their looks. Marianne is neither strong nor pretty and is repeatedly passed over. Secretly she has promised herself that her mother would be at one of the stops to meet her. In the end she is taken in by a nice, elderly couple who readers know will treat her well. Himler's lovely watercolor and gouache paintings express both the loneliness and hope of the children in scene after scene of the rugged new country. A reminder that the good old days were not so idyllic; this book will have a place in the history curriculum, but it's also an involving read-aloud. (Picture book. 6-10)

Pub Date: March 18th, 1996
ISBN: 0-395-71325-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1996




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