The Cheese Song

All Aboard the Orphan Train

Children - Educational
32 Pages
Reviewed on 03/18/2019
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Author Biography

First and foremost, Lisa is the mom of three amazing young men: Grant, Kyle & Jay. She lives with her husband, Bruce, in Coon Valley, Wisconsin, where she is the secretary at the Coon Valley Elementary School—a job she adores! She believes the most important skill we can ever teach our children is “How to be Kind.” Any kindness we do, no matter how small, has the power to change someone’s life. Growing up in northern Wisconsin has instilled in her the wonder of nature—sparkling lakes, endless forests, and trails littered with pine needles and possibilities. Preserving our planet and populating it with human beings who are Respectful, Responsible and Kind seems like an awesome idea.

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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite

The Cheese Song: All Aboard the Orphan Train, written by Lisa Olson and illustrated by Lauren Rutledge, is a children’s picture book about an orphan train set in a bygone age. The narrative is welcoming and warm, drawing the young reader right into its own little world. Colorful and energetic illustrations accompany the story line that at times can bring tears to the reader's eyes. The illustrations bring a deeper level of life to the four orphans that are the focus within. And the fourth orphan in the story stole my heart the most. Although it's a short children's book, you get the feeling that so much is at stake within this tale. It carefully tells the story of a reality that happened for many children not so very long ago in our own country's history. One that we must not forget.

Lisa Olson and Lauren Rutledge’s The Cheese Song taught me something I didn’t know about the country we live in. Stepping back in time with these four orphans, I truly felt perfectly captivated by the emotions and the lives that were presented in the pages. The text on the back cover was eye-opening in divulging what used to be a very real part of our history. It’s something that I don’t feel many people would even be aware of. Children’s books that teach all of us, children as well as adults, are so rare. The Cheese Song with its emotional story and captivating artwork is one of those rare books that one can only hope falls into readers' laps.