The Boy from Baby House 10: From the Nightmare of a Russian Orphanage to a New Life in America
I truly appreciated this well-researched true story of the horrible things one child had to endure during his years in Russian orphanages. It helped me understand Russian attitudes towards abandoned children, what conditions are really like for children who must live in orphanages, and why so many children get caught in the...more
I must admit I was clueless to this aspect of the fall of communism. I really had no idea. I've heard of babies in Romania who lay in cribs without stimulation, but the details and extent of Vanya's story brought it h...more
The view of the baby house presented in this book and backed up...more
Brace yourself before opening this book. It is emotionally devastating to read of the horrific conditions in which children were left unstimulated, practically alone, and shown no love or affection. It was even more difficult when I realized that at the beginning of the book Vanya is 6 (the age of my middle son) and...more
...very disturbing. The conditions in post-Soviet "social" institutions during the nineties were pretty much unspeakable. Recent times are not that much better, though a few places have received infusions of cash and equipment. But I have seen enough of hospitals in major Russian cities (for just one example) to know that things are still very bad indeed.
Is exporting every Russian orphan to America the a...more
I am amazed at this boy's (John) inner strength and appalled at the status quo in Russia regarding care of its little children. I'm not just appalled because I read this book...I also lived in Russia in 1995 and some of the things that frustrated me back then...more
Book Review: The Boy From Baby House 10
The Boy From Baby House 10, by Alan Philips and John Lahutsky, follows the life of an inspiring young boy, afflicted with cerebral palsy, as he spends his childhood in a network of state institutions in Russia. Abandoned by his mother as an infant, this boy, called Vanya, had to spend his childhood in Baby House 10, an orphanage in Moscow. The Boy From Baby House 10 is the inspiring and true story of a boy who refused to lose hope, even in...more
I still find it hard to believe that this book is so recent especially as little Vanya (or John) was born in 1990. That the torture and conditions he experienced were a...more
Being the mother to a son adopted from Russia, I picked this one up as it is about a little boy who suffered HORRIBLE things during his first 9+ years of life living in the Russian orphanage system. The first night I read, I had to stop as I was crying my eyes out (this book hit a little close to home) and after that, I was just mad, and hoping for it to end alright. I do not recommend this book lightly, as it will make you cry/ maybe even physically ill at parts, but I am glad that I read it to...more
So many factors came together that enabled him to escape a short horrific prison-like life and come to the US to be adopted by an amazing woman who helped him develop his potential.