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Children of the Great Depression

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  238 ratings  ·  88 reviews
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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Taylor Destito

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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Emily Hynes
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
L12_tomj
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
Hayley Swanson
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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Melissa
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
Jessica
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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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
Grace Bradley
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
Cari Williams
This book is all about the Great Depression and those who experienced it first hand as children. 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 about what the Great Depression w ...more
Olivia
I thought this book was extremely well done. This book combines photos along with journals, newspaper articles and other writings from the time to explain what it was like to be a child in the great depression. This book does tackle a serious subject and does require a higher reading level but I think it would be perfect for students in late elementary school. The book is factual and informative and through the writing and pictures really captures the feeling of the great depression. This book w ...more
Cory Schulz
With the economic crash of the stock market, children of the great depression know that their family's circumstances were not Mom and Dad's fault. These kids basically grew up with nothing but these were the same children who soon helped out nation out of it. I really didn't know how little they had. This could also be a book that can be read in the class room as an inspirational book for certain students. The only thing I didn't like is the illustrations. I could see it done better and with gre ...more
Chris Evans Ramsey
Children of the great depression certainly hit home in a good way more than most books that I have read. I was very close to my grandparents who were children during this period in American history so reading this book, which shared narration, with letters from children of that era was awesome. The photographs, which were from many different collections, were stunning. I cannot take a picture that clear now and these are more than eighty years old. I loved the personal stories of so many differe ...more
Beverly Kennett
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
Serena
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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Erin
In Children of the Great Depression, Russell Freedman tells the story of the worst economic crisis America has ever faced and how it affected the children who lived through it. The highlight of this book is the stunning photography which documents the everyday lives of children across America during the 1930’s. These images captured by photographers hired as part of FDR’s Farm Security Administration compliment Freedman’s text offering readers dramatic imagery to correspond with the subject matt ...more
Michele
This book kind of felt like reading a textbook to me. I think it would be good to excerpt from or read as research about setting before reading a novel that was set in the great depression. The photographs are quite stunning, but as the note in the beginning said, many of them can be found for free online. I guess this book was actually more specific and had more details than a textbook would.
I think there were a lot of details that would interest children reading this book, particularly becaus
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Cindy Benabderrahman
Apr 19, 2009 Cindy Benabderrahman rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Kira Welch
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
Hope Breedlove
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
Sarah
I enjoyed reading this book. I like the different outlook of The Great Depression. I think so much in school and history we focus on just the adults and the economy of the event where as the children, who also suffered were left behind as far as rememberance. I enjoyed how this book was written. I like how they used quotes and accounts of the children who were directly affected. The pictures were also good, as well as the size of the book made it easier to read. I think I would like to have this ...more
Yessenia
I really enjoyed reading this book. The photographs add a personal touch and bring the stories to live. I have read plenty of books about the Great Depression but none have included many photographs like this book. The stories told in the book are in chronological order as the Great Depression progresses. I really like how they included some text from the letters the children sent to Mrs. Roosevelt. It makes it even more depressing to think about this time and what the children went through. How ...more
Sabrina Davis
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
Diana
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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Amy
I was quite pleased with this book. Typically I'm not a fan of non fiction, but the facts and stories told in it were really interesting, and I thought that the pictures also helped to bring the accounts of the Great Depression to life.
I thought that there was a lot of good information packed into the pages, much of which I was already familiar with, but some of which I had never heard before. For example, I had no idea that people would sit in trees to break records and earn money. I thought t
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Nicholas Wallenhorst
Title: Children of the Great Depression
Author: Russell Freedman
Core 5 7-2
Nicholas Wallenhorst
Lexile:1170L

Children of the Great Depression is a great a great AND true story of well, Children of the Great Depression! The book tells the truth about what many children of the depression faced. Such include jobless and poor, houses made out of junk, and selling there every valuable. On the day we now know as Black Tuesday or October 29, 1929 the stock market has suddenly crashes. People such of us los
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Devon
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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Sarah Alexander
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
Crystal Lockhart
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
Gina Saenz
Nov 17, 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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Chris Connolly
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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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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