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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2002
This story brings to life the history of the US; poor immigrants struggling and succeeding, raising families, towns pulling together to take care of their own, sons fulfilling the last wishes of their parents. I found this by looking for the source of one of my favorite old movies, All Mine To Give. The movie ends with the children's finding homes and the eldest going off to work in the lumber camps. The book gives more information about thier lives after that Christmas. This is a wonderful combination to use in the classroom to bring history to life for students and to help them see that history is not dates, but people like themselves.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2000
This is the story of a young boy's decision to honor his mother's deathbed wish. With strong family values instilled in him by both parents, thirteen year old Robbie must decide the fate of his siblings before the town does it for him. With a heavy heart and a commitment to his mother, he sets off on Christmas day to place each brother and sister in a home. This well written true story is excellent reading material for young and old.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2001
I first heard this book read on the "Chapter a Day" program from the University of Wisconsin radio station at Madison Wisconsin 48 years ago. I was so moved by it that I HAD to get the book! Since then, it became a family tradition to read it together with the family every Christmas afternoon. As our four children grew and left home, they, too, made it a part of their Christmas tradition. Our oldest son was a pilot in the Air Force. Wherever he was stationed at Christmas he introduced the book to families with whom he shared his Christmases (in the States and overseas). Invariably I would get an S.O.S letter to PLEASE send copies of the book because others were impressed with the story, too. Our daughter taught in grade schools and made the reading of this book to her students a part of "before Christmas" tradition. She, too, requested more copies as students bought the book as presents and wanted to start the traditional reading of the book in their families. The brave children capture your heart. You cannot forget them. And... it is a true story!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2000
You will laugh, You will feel anger, You will be filled with compassion. And you will cry. A very tender account of one family's struggle to cope under devastating and heart wrenching circumstances. This true story is very well written and deserves to be read by everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2013
I bought this book because I saw the old movie based on this book, and the storyline was so good that I thought the books must be better. However, I actually enjoyed the movie more. The book lacks the emotional pull I was expecting. Still, a very sweet story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2003
I've lost my copy of this book, which I acquired while in high school 40 years ago. I loved it! When I saw the old movie with Glynnis Johns, All Mine to Give, based on the book, I was in heaven. I must have another copy to read to my grandchildren.
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on June 21, 2014
Dale Eunson novelette is set in Wisconsin and concerns the plight of a Scottish immigrant family trying to adjust to a new life in the new world. When the parents die it falls upon the shoulders of the eldest son to find suitable homes for his five siblings before he embarks upon his own journey as an adult. The story shall bring tears to your eyes. Fortunately, the book has a happy ending as 5 of the 6 land on their feet with the eldest lad being the father of the author.
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on January 14, 2013
'The Day They Gave Babies Away' is one of the sweetest, yet toughest books you may ever read. Moments of grit, determination and promise. Faced with one of the worst decisions a young man must make when his father and mother pass away, he turns to his faith, his neighbors and finds the promise of love unfold within his own community. A deeply uplifting story. - Prof Michael Haller
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on March 10, 2014
This is the most wonderful story about a family in Wisconsin. It's a recollection of a family tragedy and the solution the main character, a child, came up with to give his siblings homes and parents. Today there are 100,000 children in the USA seeking forever families. Maybe we should go door to door like this young man did.
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on March 9, 2014
An absolute classic story of family strength and pain. Might be painful for young children, but everyone from children to adults will get something out of this family's strength and courage. I was reminded of this book recently when I saw the movie on TV with Glynnis Johns and CAmeron Mitchell. I recommend both.
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