I finished Orphan Train a couple of days ago. And honestly, I don't know what I think of it. I surprised myself and started crying near the end and could not stop. The whole book was intense for me because much of it was about the sufferings of a child, a girl around Ellie's age who was a passenger on the orphan train and ended up in a bad situation, only to be moved to an even worse one. The books goes through her life and she ends up being adopted by a very nice family and making a good life for herself. Later, she is expecting a baby and gets news that her young husband was killed in WWII. That wasn't when I lost it, emotionally. I lost it when she had her baby and then gave it up for adoption! To me, it was not believable that an orphan would have done that. She did have a very good job for that time and a good support system. Have any of you read this book? Maybe you could help me see in a different light.
For one reason I am thankful I read this book, I was made aware of orphan trains. I can't even imagine. I have a hard time whenever there are children suffering. Here is a photo I found of one, sometimes the children would be on the train for days at time.
I think to be alone and an orphan is one of the greatest forms of suffering.
On another note, the read a loud book I finished with the kids was excellent! We learned a ton about Germany during WWII. Here is a picture if you want to check it out.
Also, the baby bunny we found died. I feel awful that we kept it and didn't just leave it alone. I think I was more upset than the kids.
So, we learned a lesson...wild animals need to be in nature, not a cage!! :)