Set in post WWII Italy, The Children's Train is both heartbreaking and hopeful.
With the hope for a better life, little Amerigo Speranza is sent on the children's train from impoverished Naples, Italy to live up north in Modena where the he is embraced with love, food, and encouraged to follow his passion, music. The opportunities in Modena are endless. After six months Amerigo is sent back to Naples where the thing that has changed is Amerigo himself. Trying to adjust back into his old life it not as simple as it may seem.
This story begs the question, "Is it better to not know what you are missing?"
Little Amerigo takes us on his adventures from selling painted rats as hamsters to the rich folks of Naples and running through the streets with his best friend, Tommasino to learning how to farm and play the violin with his new family in Modena.
I found myself staying up late into the night to see what would happen with Amerigo next.