Four brought in their copies to show me where they are in the book - that is how excited they are about your grandfather's story. Such an enthusiastic response is a credit to your writing and presentation! I am still hearing good things about your visit! Both the students and staff really enjoyed your presentation.
In fact, I have two orders for two more sets of your books! Thank you for visiting us yesterday. You made quite an impression on many of my students. I made a CD of the pictures I took and will mail them to you. Happy Holidays and thanks again! We appreciate your visit to Hockessin Montessori and sharing both your grandfathers's story and your own journey in the writing of it. We will be watching for the next installment!
Student Artwork - ST. Aviles' books contain the saga of a family torn apart, and the contrasting destinies of Oliver, who eventually fathered six children, and Edward, who ended up in prison for armed robbery. Now those volumes may be spinning themselves into cinematic gold. Shipping kids out west to find themselves can be both literate and cinematic.
It's great fodder for the movies because of the dramatic possibilities of the brothers' contrasting fates. They're forced to separate. We see the darker side of overpopulation, and these organizations. Kids shouldn't be separated. It's very difficult. Donna Nordmark Aviles has written a compelling story about two boys, ages 5 and 7, who find themselves in an orphanage, then are put on a train and sent west to work as farmhands and have to learn life's lessons the hard way, on their own.
In two books for children, the local author writes of the extraordinary true-life adventures of her grandfather and his brother after they were loaded onto the infamous orphan train. Rotko's father is always on the lookout for good, cinematic true stories for his son to turn into movies. He said he has made plenty of suggestions in the past which his son ignored but were later made into movies by others. But this story was too good for Bill Rotko to ignore. In fact, it was so good he had to call Aviles to make sure it really was true.
Aviles cared most about doing her grandfather's stories justice. Oliver Nordmark loved telling the story of his fascinating life to anyone who would listen. It was a tale worth telling of hard work, thrilling adventures, various careers and a decidedly positive attitude. Conversely, his brother came out of his early hardships a criminal, angry at the world. Their relationship is part of what makes their stories so compelling to Bill Rotko.
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The books are based on Oliver's recordings, and the stories that he told to his youngest son, Benjamin the author's father. The stories tell of the hardships of being a young laborer living with and working for strangers, but they also tell of the rewards of being recognized as such, as Oliver was. The book, 'Fly Little Bird, Fly! The audience is younger so the book is set up as a story that keeps the reader asking questions like - What happens to Oliver?
Will the brothers find a family to love? Upon their separation at the age of 9, will Oliver be able to keep his promise to find his brother? In search of a place to belong, some will travel thousands of miles. Riding a train from New York City to the Midwest, the two embark on an adventure in search of a family to love and to love them.
A moving story of the determination of children, "Fly Little Bird, Fly! Also recommended is the book's sequel, "Beyond the Orphan Train", continuing the story of Oliver and Edward.
Growing up as a kid, I was always interested in history. So much so that I ended up getting an advanced degree in a related field and much of my time is spent researching and writing about prehistoric North America and United States history. However, I was always interested as a kid in the more "exotic" forms of history - Native Americans, ancient archaeological sites, the land before "discovery" and so on.
I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to European or United States history in terms of what is often called "White Mans" history. One of the reasons was simply that it was often taught in a very boring manner - especially for a rambunctious kid in elementary school. I never thought this was a problem until recently. As my wife and I begin to think about our own kids and how they are being educated, I've realized the importance of making sure they know US history, and have decided to hunt down and find books that DO teach US history - but in an exciting, adventurous way.
Well, I'm pleased to say that I've encountered two books that not only teach important parts of American history - and parts that I didn't even know took place - but that also are written in an engaging and readable style for my kids. Not only that, but these two books are based on real stories and real events and are written in a style that my kids could approach.
Telling the true life story of Oliver Nordmark, these two books take the reader on an adventure beginning in New York City but that soon moves to the Great Plains at the beginning of the 20th century. Shipped out on what was called the "Orphan Train" by the Children's Aid Society, Oliver and his brother Edward soon find themselves in the Great Plains working as farm hands.
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Engagingly written, these two books give a first-hand account of what it was like to be young orphans at a time when America was booming and the Great Plains were still a vast grassland with small farms, local communities, and independent folks. Reading these two books to my kids was a great pleasure. Not only did they learn about life on the Great Plains when farming was a major occupation, but they learned about the amazing life of Oliver Nordmark. History always sticks in the mind when you are able to empathize with the story, and in these two books that was no exception.
Declared an orphan at the young age of eight, Oliver and his younger brother Edward rode the Orphan Train to Kansas where they were placed with a harsh, unforgiving farm family. Escaping after several hard years, they are split up as they jump trains and travel further west, learning the ropes of jumping trains, living with hobos, working on farms, and avoiding the authorities.
Like I said at the beginning, these stories chronicle a time in American history that many people are unfamiliar with. I'm glad that I encountered these two books - and that Donna Nordmark Aviles decided to share the story of her grandfather. Not only did I learn something from reading these stories with my kids, but I think they did too. I know this because recently they have been asking me all sorts of questions about what life was like on the Great Plains at the beginning of the 20th century: How did people survive? Did people really live in sod houses?
Were orphans really given to farming families to help with the labor? Fly Little Bird, Fly! Understanding the settlement of the Plains from a personal perspective is a powerful method for teaching history. I'm glad I found them and read them to my kids. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Beyond the Orphan Train: A True Adventure by Donna Nordmark Aviles
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Oliver and Edward Nordmark lived in New York. Technically not orphans for some years later, they might as well have been. Oliver, while still at home had heard of playing hookey and thinking it was a legitimate day off from school, played hookey on the school grounds.
He was sent to a prison for boys and later, told his parents were dead, was transferred to an orphanage and from there sent west to Kansas with his little brother on an Orphan Train. The year was These two boys ages 8 and 5 rode in boxcars with other children, all to be given away to whomever would take them. The Blaurs took both boys not to love and care for, but to get what work they could out of them.
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Eventually they were taken from the Blaurs and given away again, but this time they were split up, their promise to each other to always stay together, over ridden by grownups. This is a true story, one of the many stories of the lives of those children who rode the Orphan Trains.
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Pity it was such a short story would have liked to hear more of his life. He obviously had never been around animals before.
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I liked this book as a adjunct to lessons on the cities, the settlement of the West, social problems in the 19th and early 20th centuries. I thought it ended too abruptly and the reader did not get closure about the younger brother. I'm happy to see a book about the orphan trains that is too sweet and culminates with an ending that is "every one lived happily ever after. Book 2. Free download. Book file PDF easily for everyone and every device. Book 2 file PDF Book only if you are registered here.
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