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Lest We Forget these Children

     Stirring and incredibly revealing, Rose McCormick Brandon's book, "Promises of Home - Stories of Canada's British Home Children," challenged my emotions. Sometimes I wanted to cry. Sometimes my anger at the cruelty of people made me speak out loud. Other times I felt so sorry for the children who were dropped off at the homes for disadvantaged children and then sent to Canada not knowing what to expect. I had heard a little of the Dr. Bernado homes, but this book and the stories contained therein beckoned me in and shone a light on the plight of so many helpless children. Many children who were sent from the homes in England to Canada expected a better life. Some stories were filled with happy experiences, but more often than not, children were signed on as indentured servants; some seemed just as slaves. Some encountered abuse at the hand of the very people who had supposedly agreed to give them a better life in Canada. The voices are real in this book. There are authentic and treasured photographs of children which makes these stories even more alive.

     The British Home Children, through their suffering and their bravery, have contributed greatly to the history of Canada. Their voices need to be heard and their stories need to be told. Rose McCormick Brandon manages to do that very well in this book. Her empathetic heart and sensitivity to the human condition and what so many children endured over so many years, is remarkable. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this topic and I actually would love to see this book as required reading in schools - nothing like learning history straight from the heart.rite your post here.

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