Alone in the world : orphans and orphanages in America

by Reef, Catherine.

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (6)
Location Collection Call #
Dormont Public Library Juvenile Non-Fiction J 362.73 R26
Location  Dormont Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  J 362.73 R26
Jefferson Hills Public Library Juv Nonfiction J 362.73 REE
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Juv Nonfiction
Call Number  J 362.73 REE
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 362.732 Ree
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 362.732 Ree
Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 362.73 R25
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
Call Number  J 362.73 R25
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 362.73 REE 2005
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J 362.73 REE 2005
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Non-Fiction j 362.73 R
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 362.73 R
Orphanages and other homes for children have long fueled the imaginations and fantasies of young people. In the first book of its kind, award-winning nonfiction author Catherine Reef uncovers the true history of orphanages, revealing what it was like to eat, sleep, study, and play in such institutions, why children were sent to live there in the first place (not always because their parents were dead), what happened to them after they left, and more. Carefully researched and vividly broughtto life through accessible writing, first-hand accounts, and more than 70 compelling archival photographs and prints, this intriguing piece of our country's history should satisfy all curiosity seekers. Endnotes, bibliography, index.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 8-11. What happened to kids in America's poorhouses, orphanages, and foster homes in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries makes for intensely dramatic history, and a few readers might even imagine themselves caught in Oliver Twist scenarios, suffering hunger, racism, and abuse. Reef has certainly done her research, providing exhaustive detail, which is thoroughly documented in endnotes. The book's design is also inviting, with clear type and stirring photos and historic prints. The narrative, however, is distant and dull, a general chronological account that patches together case records and rules of various institutions, perhaps because, as Reef points out, few kids wrote the kind of personal memoirs that might have made the history more immediate. Even so, there's a lot to talk about here, especially the changing image of childhood and the role of government in caring for the needy. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Orphans -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Orphanages -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York :Clarion Books,2005
Language English
Description 135 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 127-129) and index.
ISBN 0618356703
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