Module 11: Children of the Great Depression

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2012 at 2:32 am

Book Summary:  The is represented through chapters that include photographs  of children.  It has short stories of accounts of children living in the Great Depression and how they feel about politics and economics.  There is a variety of characters that are described about them going to school without food and are hungry and without the warmth of clothing.  It describes kids at work working in factories and farms helping their families receive revenue in the household.  Farm landers traveling to the West were made fun of called Okies.  People traveled away from the Dust Bowl and traveled to where the economy was booming.  Kids were dare devils jumping on moving trains to get away from their families and not be a burden.  The entertainment brought life to children, adults and families.  It took them away from their issues over politics, currency and jobs.  Each photograph showed how children were brought up and the rural areas on how the look in their faces showed desperation.  

Freedman, R.  (2005).  Children of the Great Depression.  NY:  Clarion Books.

Impressions:  The information book has a emphasis of nonfiction that is documented facts.  The pictures of the Great Depression and stories told are to be told to inform the public how living in the Great Depression brought out despair and sorrows.  Reading the book and looking at the different photos was a different perspective of the children of the Great Depression.  Reading the content, illustrations and index was a lot of research for the author.  I learned a lot about the price, food, shelter and entertainment that happened during that era.

Professional Review:  

Laminack, L. & Belll, B.  (2006, July).  Children of the Great Depression (Review).

                  [Review of the book Children of the Great Depression, R.F].

                 Language Arts 83(6), 547.  Retrieved from http://libproxy.library.unt.edu:7125/docview/196859054

“History textbooks are too often lifeless and lack anything upper elementary and middle school students can connect with. That’s not the case with this book, which is full of photographs and personal accounts from children during the Depression. The opening chapter, “The Sight of My Father Crying,” sets the stage through a depiction of what life was really like for children in the 1930s. The chapters “Ill-Housed, Ill-Clad, IllNourished,” “In and Out of School,” and “Kids at Work” paint a scene that many children today have little or no knowledge of. The text is compelling and the photographs and their citations give undeniable support to the content. Partner this book with another by Freedman, Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade against Child Labor (Scholastic, 1994) and Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp by Jerry Stanley (Crown, 1992). These books make history come alive in a meaningful way for all readers.”

Library Uses:  For this book I would use a crossword puzzle or a mad lib about the Great Depression.  I would number the pages where they can look for the word.  The children would be able to retain the information by doing the crossword puzzle or mad lib.  I would only make it a short crossword puzzle such as including the important data or information of the currency and entertainment that they had or used.


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