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Children of the Great Depression

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As he did for frontier children in his enormously popular Children of the Wild West, Russell Freedman illuminates the lives of the American children affected by the economic and social changes of the Great Depression. Middle-class urban youth, migrant farm laborers, boxcar kids, children whose families found themselves struggling for survival . . . all Depression-era young ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published December 26th 2005 by Clarion Books
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Alicia
Feb 27, 2015 Alicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rll-539
Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman is such a real account of what happened during the Great Depression. We are hearing stories directly from children who were impacted during this terrible time. Many families didn't have the necessities needed to live. Children couldn't go to school, they had no shoes, there wasn't enough food to feed a family, and people were living in Hoovervilles or shacks made out of anything they could find. This book provides quotes from children who live ...more
Taylor Destito
Oct 30, 2013 Taylor Destito rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction

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.

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L12_tomj
Mar 06, 2012 L12_tomj rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
In 1935, a newly created agency of the Roosevelt administration, the FSA, or Farm Security Administration, had the task of documenting through photographs the plight of rural America. In the depths of the Great Depression, these photographers produced more than a quarter of a million images of American rural and uban life. The goal of FSA and these photographers was to convey in human terms the true meaning of economic statistics. The candid, grim, and occasional comedic faces and actions of rea ...more
Emily Hynes
Mar 05, 2013 Emily Hynes rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
Russell Freedman's Children of the Great Depression compiles information of the depression into one detailed source for young readers. History is delivered to readers through many means--first hand accounts, moving photographs, quotes from historical speeches and political events. I appreciated that most of the book's focus remained on children. I could see this being an eye opening read for today's children, probably best for middle school readers. The text has some challenging vocabulary and ...more
Hayley Swanson
Nov 01, 2013 Hayley Swanson rated it really liked it
What really made this book all the more fascinating for me was that my grandmother was a teenager during the 30s, and so she grew up in this time. I didn't realize just how fortunate she must have been to be able to graduate from high school in 1936 or thereabouts. This book really opened my eyes to a lot of the nitty gritty details we don't generally go over in school regarding the Great Depression.

I loved the pictures; very few of the people in the photos are smiling, and they look filthy and
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Bailey Neumann
Apr 14, 2016 Bailey Neumann rated it it was amazing
Children of the Great Depression, by Russell Freedman, is a book about the struggles that the children who lived during the Great Depression experienced. The book talks about their family, home, school, and work struggles that the children went through. The book provides some firsthand accounts with quotes in every chapter that help to get the meaning of the chapter through to the reader. I really enjoyed this book; it was written in a way that was interesting to read and was not too dry. The bo ...more
Melissa
May 13, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
When I first picked up this book I expected it to be a lot of boring text, just like a textbook. I am so happy I didn't judge a book by its cover because it ended up being fascinating! The pictures of were so moving that I found myself reading the text so I could know about the picture. I think this is a great informational text, and if we incorporated more books like this I believe our children will be more willing to learn. As well, students will find this text more relatable because the pictu ...more
Macy
Dec 04, 2016 Macy added it
Title: Children of the Great Depression
Author: Russell Freedman
Illustrator: Russell Freedman
Genre: Orbis Pictus book
Theme(s): History, social conditions, depressions, looking on the bright side, resilience
Opening line/sentence:
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
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Lyric
Feb 14, 2017 Lyric rated it really liked it
Great book that chronicles life during the Great Depression through the eyes of children. The photography is stunning and the stories are heartbreaking.
Ebookwormy
Most authors approach the Great Depression and the culture of the 1930s as two separate subjects. The strength of Russell Freedman's work is that it combines the two.

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
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Ashley
Aug 09, 2016 Ashley added it
Title: Children of the Great Depression
Author: Russell Freedman
Genre: Orbis Pictus Winner (Photographic Essay)
Theme(s): Great Depression, children, growing up, poverty
Opening line/sentence:
“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.”
Brief Book Summary:
This book is a collection of
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Serena
Apr 21, 2012 Serena rated it really liked it
Russell Freedman illuminates the lives of the American children affected by the economic and social changes of the Great Depression. The book starts off by explaining what exactly this book is dedicated for during the Great Depression; the children. Many of the photos in this book originate from a dedicated band of federal photographers who fanned out across American during the 1930’s. They capture the heartbreak and hope of the nation during this rigid time.

Information about the New York Stock
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Cindy Benabderrahman
Apr 03, 2009 Cindy Benabderrahman rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: grandchildren of great depression children
Russell Freedman’s conversational tone highlights the Great Depression and Depression-era children’s lives with prose that engages the young and old alike. Illustrated with photographs by the likes of Walker Evans, this informational book shows, through visual texts and light, easy-to-comprehend prose, the world of the box car kids, the city kids, the migrant farm workers, the strugglers, the world of children whose schools shut down, the children of parents who had all but given up on the world ...more
Devon
Dec 06, 2013 Devon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
LIBS 642 Junior Book Log
Informational
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
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Hope Breedlove
Apr 07, 2013 Hope Breedlove rated it really liked it
I was really excited to read this book because I find the Great Depression and that era to be completely fascinating. From boxcar children to the incredible challenges of unemployment this book gives readers a first hand look and understanding at the Great Depression. The words may capture the historical information, but the pictures truly represent the time period and supplement the words themselves. The primary sources, such as the typical shopping list or average wages, add even more depth i ...more
Chris Connolly
Oct 17, 2013 Chris Connolly rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Category (Informational)
Found on page 293 in the textbook

1. Description

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.

2. Organization

The way that Freedman organizes thi
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Jessica
Nov 16, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
To be honest, I picked up this book because I had to. I hate reading nonfiction pieces and I had to pick one from a list of things I especially didn't want to read from. It didn't help that I decided to read this book last (and actually somehow lost it in the process). However, I am happy to have read it. It wasn't something I'd re-read or recommend over and over again, but it was easily digestible.

Essentially Children of the Great Depression depicts as its title says. Freedman showcases the liv
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Beverly Kennett
Mar 05, 2011 Beverly Kennett rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
This book shares photographs of children living during the Great Depression and describes their daily lives in detail. The text touches on the relevant topics of watching their parents struggle to provide for their families, schools shutting down for loss of funds, farm foreclosures, hte living conditions of migrant workers, the economic disparity children saw at school, the dust bowl, and children working to help their families before child labor laws were in place. The book explains how the fi ...more
Kira Welch
Apr 07, 2013 Kira Welch rated it really liked it
I was drawn to this particular book not only because I love children but because it was about the Great Depression. I always was interested in this part of our history and wanted to see how this book portrays it. It focuses on the lives of children during the Great Depression and really gives you a picture of what it was like to be live in this time in our history. One quote that really stuck with me was “it’s my sister’s turn to eat,” a hungry child tells her teacher. The author does a great jo ...more
Kelsey Borchers
Nov 09, 2013 Kelsey Borchers rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
I chose this book as one of my informational books. The source is the textbook on page 293. This book tells the story of one of the hardest times that has hit the United States. This book is unique in that it focuses on the impact that the depression had on children during the Great Depression. The book is full of pictures taken during this time period. In this case, pictures speak louder than words. The reader is able to make more of a connection with this time because it is geared towards chil ...more
Gina Saenz
Nov 11, 2013 Gina Saenz added it
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Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman
Category: Information
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
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Diana
Nov 03, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman

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.

3. Critique:
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
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Sabrina Davis
Apr 07, 2013 Sabrina Davis rated it really liked it
I found this book to be very good. I think that the author, Russel Freedman, did a great job describing what life was like during the great depression. What I also liked about this book would be the illustrations because they were so moving for the reader. just looking at the pictures they just gave a whole new story. I think that this book is mostly to be an information book to mostly learn about what the children went through during these hard times. It was really sad to read about what childr ...more
Meaghan Grady
Children of the Great Depression By: Russell Freedman
Meaghan G., Spring 2015

**Nonfiction #4**

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
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Crystal Lockhart
Dec 05, 2013 Crystal Lockhart rated it liked it
Shelves: libs-642
For one of my informational choices I chose to read Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman. I found this book in the textbook on page 293. This book was full of great information about the children of the Great Depression. The beautiful thing was while it focused on the children it give information about the families of the children and also about the events of the time. The book was filled with wonderful yet sad pictures that gave a graphic feel to the book. These pictures added n ...more
Sarah Alexander
Nov 24, 2013 Sarah Alexander rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
In this informational book the author uses accounts from different children that lived during the Great Depression along side photographs of children at the time to tell the story of children living during the time. One of the best aspects of the book is it organization and the amount of topics it covers. Most Great Depression books talk about only one area affect by the Great Depression and it is normally the city people. This book makes the reader realize that the whole country was affected an ...more
Grace Bradley
Apr 22, 2014 Grace Bradley rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Children of the Great Depression is a great nonfiction book full of stories written by people who endured the great depression.There are numerous accounts of what the children of the families affected of the great depression saw and went through. Most talk about how they felt guilty that they were too young to help their parents with work and there were others who didn't truly know how bad things were until they saw how badly it affected their parents. This book also had a lot of information abo ...more
Cynthia Housianitis
Dec 06, 2013 Cynthia Housianitis rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642

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
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Sammie Pedersen
I loved this book! It was about the children's perspective of the great depression. I loved that it gave comparisons to numbers from that time and current day. I think this will really hook the reader because it makes it more relatable. I also loved that the it had real letters that children wrote to MRS. Roosevelt about how they were grateful for everything they were doing and all the options they were providing people for work and food. While these kids had it so bad they never complained abou ...more
Alex Daniels
Mar 31, 2016 Alex Daniels rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Children of the Great Depression is a wonderful nonfiction children's book depicting what it was like from children growing up during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The pictures are all real pictures taken during this time period by famous photographers trying to portray what life was like those days. People all over the world struggled, the children were majorly affected as well as they parents. They took on burdens that no child should have to take on. Many were not able to go to school, l ...more
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Russell Freedman is the award-winning author of 47 books, some of which have been translated into a diverse number of languages, including Japanese, Korean, German, Spanish, Flemish, Arabic and Bengali. But Freedman wasn't always a children's book writer.

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
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