Train To Somewhere       -     By: Eve Bunting
    Illustrated By: Ronald Himler
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Train To Somewhere

Illustrated By: Ronald Himler
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2000 / Paperback

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Marianne, heading west with fourteen other children on an Orphan Train, is sure her mother will show up at one of the stations along the way. When her mother left Marianne at the orphanage, hadn't she promised she'd come for her after making a new life in the West? Stop after stop goes by, and there's no sign of her mother in the crowds that come to look over the children. No one shows any interest in adopting shy, plain Marianne, either. But that's all right, she has to be free for her mother to claim her. Then the train pulls into its final stop, a town called Somewhere...

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 9 X 10 (inches)
ISBN: 0618040315
ISBN-13: 9780618040315
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

Marianne, heading west with fourteen other children on an Orphan Train, is sure her mother will show up at one of the stations along the way. When her mother left Marianne at the orphanage, hadn't she promised she'd come for her after making a new life in the West? Stop after stop goes by, and there's no sign of her mother in the crowds that come to look over the children. No one shows any interest in adopting shy, plain Marianne, either. But that's all right: She has to be free for her mother to claim her. Then the train pulls into its final stop, a town called Somewhere . . .

Author Bio

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

Editorial Reviews

"A moving piece of Americana from a veteran team, introducing the orphan trains of the 19th and early 20th century to a picture-book audience. . . . 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." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

"The book is timely yet universal in showing the desire of every child for a loving family. Himler's full-page, bordered paintings portray the people and towns in warm colors and softly blended brush strokes. Beyond this gentle story lie the social issues of our own day." School Library Journal, Starred

"A heartbreaking picture book tells the story of the nineteenth-century Orphan Train in the voice of the plain girl nobody wants. Himler's beautiful, understated paintings show the train steaming across the prairie and the children trying to smile and look their best, hoping that someone will adopt them." Booklist, Editor's Choice

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 3, 2004
    a mother of 2
    I read this book in the library, and I thought it was sweet and touching. The writing and illustrations are excellent. However, I want to warn readers that it is serious and sad in tone. The end is uplifting, but be prepared to answer some tough questions from your kids. I only recommend this book to older or more mature children. It might be very good as part of a homeschool curriculum studying the true history of the orphan trains.
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