Thursday, October 10, 2013

Children of the Great Depression

Children of the Great DepressionChildren of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very good non-fiction book about the children who lived through the depression, from all areas of our country. There are photos of children from the rural south, the northern cities, and the migrant camps of California. There are pictures of kids hopping trains, and outside of a school in West Virginia. It amazes me that these kids grew up during this difficult time, and became the greatest generation--the heroes of WW II.
A great book to read, or, just to look at the incredible pictures.

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Out of My Mind

Out of My MindOut of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a wonderfully written book that every teacher and middle school student should read. This is the story of Melody, a remarkable 11 year-old who thinks thousands of words in her mind, but is not able to speak aloud. She has cerebral palsy, and terrific, supportive parents, and a wonderful neighbor who has always believed in her. The story is Melody's struggle to find a way to communicate with her world. It is also a story of good and very bad teachers, and kids who are cruel. I was very moved by this story. Bravo, Ms. Draper.

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