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Oh Lord, I Wish I was a Buzzard

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
"We picked and we picked and we picked and we picked..." From dawn to dusk, a little girl harvests cotton with her family during the sweltering crop season. Imagining her way through the endless day, she wishes she could be anyone else-from a snake curved up and cool to a buzzard going round and round in the sky. Then at last, sunset approaches and a special treat awaits. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Chronicle Books (first published October 28th 1968)
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Bill Hawthorne
Jun 11, 2015 Bill Hawthorne rated it liked it
Oh Lord, I Wish I was a Buzzard is a title of historical fiction set sometime after the 13th amendment was passed in 1865 but before the advent of strict child labor laws in 1935. It is likely, however, that it takes place earlier in that range considering the dress of the characters. In it, a little girl from a family of black sharecroppers toils in the cotton fields day after day, wishing she were all sorts of animals that seem more comfortable and free than she is. This book is good for young ...more
Jul 08, 2016 Annette rated it it was amazing
My kids and I read this as part of our USA Reading Road Trip through Mississippi. It is a true story of a little girl who helped her parents pick cotton in the fields under the hot sun. The little girl, Gladys, retold her story as an adult and it became this poetic book. Kids really could understand Gladys experience as this story was told.

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"I don't like being hot. She must have been really, really hot."
"She had to be out there all day. I would
Jul 11, 2013 Betsy rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! Great imagery. Great historical piece, although I'm not sure if it's depicting slavery or share cropping or just cotton pickers before the days of child labor laws. Great read-aloud!
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Picture book. GREAT for struggling readers, very repetitive and it shows hard work brings rewards.
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