In the tender style of Little House on the Prairie, the Beyond the Orphan Train series tells the story of the Cooper children who ride the orphan train to a new life. These four charming books will engage young readers with a forgotten era in American history when thousands of homeless children were relocated from the East Coast to live with families in the Midwest. Written for children ages 8 to 12, this fictional series captures the lives and adventures of Ethan, Alice, Simon, and Will Cooper as they travel from an orphanage in Pennsylvania to a farm in Nebraska to a new home in Mexico. Along the way, they encounter snakebites, dust storms, and other trials but ultimately learn that God will never leave them.
Always a fan of Little House on the Prairie when I was younger (seriously though I could read them again) I jumped at the chance to review these books. I was so glad I did because I know I will be buying them for my grandson soon. I can just see him getting lost in these kind of books just like I did. He will be able to imagine in his mind through the skillful writing of Arieta Richardson the hard life, the orphanage, the adventure of the train rides, the scenery, and the bond that these children had with each other. These books were brought about by the life happenings of Ethan Cooper. Ethan remained my favorite character throughout. He did his best to protect his sisters and brothers, he learned to love God, and he was a hard worker. He went through a lot in his younger life but stayed on the right path. All of these books are small but just the right size for a younger children. I can imagine Mom or Dad reading them at a earlier age (6-8) as a chapter book also. Just the right amount of action will keep them interested and the life lessons will stay with them forever. I looked up the author Arleta Richardson and was so delighted to find out she was born in Flint MI back in 1923. That is so close to home it makes the books even more special! Wonderful books! I was given the Beyond the Orphan Train Series in exchange for my honest review from Netgalley.