I had mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it showed the realization of what life was like for families during that time era. Yet, on the other hand, the book was depressing. Lyddie, the main character, was stripped of all her family. She lost her parents and then she became separated from her siblings. Then Lyddie begins to work to earn enough money to be reunited with her siblings.
While this book is sad, it helps bring inclusion into the classroom. Educators aren’t going to have students with “ideal” family situations. Therefore this book will help illustrate what different family situations resemble and the meaning of family. As a future educator, I would bring this book into a 6th-7th-grade classroom.