Children of the Great Depression
Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman is an eye-opening book. Until reading this book, I honestly had no idea how serious the Great Depression was. In school, we just learned about the stock market crashed but never about how many people were actually effected. Reading about the daily struggle to survive, especially from the perspective of a child was heart breaking. One passage that stuck out to me was on page 35 where it said, "Many poor kids went to school hungry every morning....more
I loved the pictures; very few of the people in the photos are smiling, and they look filthy and ...more
Author: Russell Freedman
Illustrator: Russell Freedman
Genre: Orbis Pictus book
Theme(s): History, social conditions, depressions, looking on the bright side, resilience
The cold reality of America’s Great Depression was brought home to one twelve-year-old boy in 1931 when he came upon his father in the empty coal bin of the family’s Brookline, Massachusetts, house.
Brief Book Summary:
Using information from diaries, letters, and memories, t ...more
The book also seems to unconsciously illustrate class differences during the Great Depression. This may also be why many books separate the economic situation (both the Depression and the Dust Bowl) from the culture of the 1930s. Upper class kids are resented for their stability and find it hard to connect with others, but some als ...more
Author: Russell Freedman
Genre: Orbis Pictus Winner (Photographic Essay)
Theme(s): Great Depression, children, growing up, poverty
“Most of the pictures in this book were created by a dedicated band of federal photographers who fanned out across America during the 1930s and tried to capture with their cameras the heartbreak and hope of the national crisis known as the Great Depression.”
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This book is a collection of ...more
Information about the New York Stock ...more
Source: Textbook pg. 293 & 297
Children of the Great Depression is a powerful information book created for young readers to explore and interpret what life was like for many Americans in the 1930s. The books author, Russell Freedman, uses influential photographs that were mostly captured by federal photographers, working to capture the heartbreaking era that was America's Great Depression. These photos are then followed by actual accounts of life during th ...more
Found on page 293 in the textbook
In the late 1920's, the U.S economy fell sharply; as a result, the country was brought to its knees with people losing their jobs at an alarming rate. This book offers the reader a real-life perspective in to the life of many Americans who suffered the indignities of this terrible tragedy. With actual photography and stories, the true story of the Great Depression comes alive.
The way that Freedman organizes thi ...more
Essentially Children of the Great Depression depicts as its title says. Freedman showcases the liv ...more
For me, this was a tough book. It touched my heart and my emotions were rattled. Freedman does a great job giving the children of the Great Depression a voice. The children tell their stories of what life was like for them during those most difficult years experienced in the United States. Families suffered immensely during the Great Depression and the photos included in the book tell a story all on their own. Children were ...more
1. Genre: Informational
2. Summary: The story of the Great Depression is told by personal accounts, diaries and letters of people who experienced it. The black and white photographs allow the reader to see the devastation through the eyes of children and their daily struggle to survive.
a. Area for comment: The black and white photographs speak volumes about a desperate time.
b. Comment: The photographs show us what life was like ...more
Meaghan G., Spring 2015
Children of the Great Depression was a rather informational and inspiring read. This book tells the true stories that children were going through during the Great Depression. This book is an easy read for younger readers because it just isn't a book that is filled with words, it has very unforgettable yet powerful pictures on each page. Throughout this emotional and powerful read, we as readers find out ...more
Junior Book Project
Category: Informational #4
Source: pg. 293; Golden Kite Award Winner of 2006
Freedman, Russell. Children of the Great Depression. New York: Clarion Books, 2005.
Imagine suddenly becoming jobless and poor and having to endure burdens and hardships that no child should face. Through the compiled first hand accounts, interviews, and quotes from historical speeches/political events, the worst economic crisis is portrayed through the eyes of children by illustrating how it immensely a ...more
He grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Pre ...more