Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - NiinaMariie - LibraryThing

A heart-wrentching story for older elementary students about orphan trains and adoptions. A great way to teach that people come from all different places and it is not always by choice. A great story to teach compassion for others. Read full review

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Bunting puts all of us on a train to somewhere, but it’s hard to finish with a dry eye. Bunting brings to life the tales of an orphanage train through the stories of Marianne who is expecting to see her mother waiting for her at any stop. By the end you’ll sure to have some watery eyes, that is if you haven’t already cried earlier in it. Great book for families especially those with adopted children, and great conversation piece.  

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Author Eve Bunting captures the history of Orphans and Orphan trains, and the harsh reality of these circumstances through this first-person narrative story of a young girl Marianne and her hope that her Mother will come back for her. The author captures Marianne’s hopeful wish that her Mother will be at one of the town stops along the train route to pick her up. One by one, her fellow friends are adopted along the way, leaving only Marianne at the last train stop to find a loving couple that offer security and acceptance to Marianne. The illustrations by Ronald Himler create a vivid picture of this time period though vibrant painting. The illustrations enhance this important part of our history and create an amazing visual which engages children to learn more about Marianne.  

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it shows all a child can be and also show them to be thankful for what they have.

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This book is about a little orphan girl who hops on a train and is on the search for her mom. The train stops at many places, each bringing different journies for this little girl. At the trains last stop she finds a new family that adopts her.

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this is one vary good book about a train to somewhere.
But what happend to marrian and how long did marrian live
how long did marrian live.

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