by Tracy Leshay (Goodreads Author)
This story is perfect for those ages 3-8 who find it a challenge to take turns with younger children. But adults will want to share this coffee-table kids book with their siblings as well. Humorously told in rhyme, it uniquely uses Leshay's black and white photographs to draw readers in. It's one hot summer and sharing has never been this chaotic, fun or beautiful.
Kirkus Reviews: "The uncommonly artful photos plot a refreshing path toward a heartfelt message."
Pacific Book Review: "Stylish images...dream-like and subtle in their beauty...an impressive debut in creativity."
Midwest Book Review: "Uproarious modern-day fairy tale."
8 1/2 x 11
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by Errol Lincoln Uys (Goodreads Author)
By the height of the Great Depression…more
By the height of the Great Depression, a quarter of a million teenagers were hopping freight trains with the hope that a better life awaited them farther down the line.
They grew up fast in speeding boxcars, living in hobo jungles, begging on the streets and running from the police and club-wielding railroad guards.
The restless youth of 3,000 boxcar boys and girls, many who went from “middle-class gentility to dirt poor” overnight, is recaptured in Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression.
With skill and sensitivity, Uys weaves together these rich reminiscences; his book dispels the myths of a hobo existence and reveals the story of a daring generation of American teenagers who survived some of the hardest times in our nation’s history.
The result is a memorable and moving story in which we see the decade of the Great Depression entirely through the eyes of young men and women growing up on a landscape of ruin. We ride the rails with them, setting out from homes shattered by unemployment and poverty and hitting the road.
We learn of their struggle to survive on the streets of America and know their bitter disappointments, their sense of loss of childhood, their frustrations at the lack of opportunity.
“When I think of all this traveling across the land, searching for the things we had lost, there is a place inside my chest that still hurts,” recalls one rider.
When they left the rails and got a hold on their lives, they never let go. Many tell of keeping the jobs they found for 30 or 40 years. And the girls they met, too: many write joyously of their enduring devotion to the sweethearts they married when they settled down. Their stories told in their own words resonate with the pluck and courage they showed in going to seek a better life.
Illustrated with rare archival photos and drawing primarily on letters and oral histories of three thousand men and women who hopped freight trains, Riding the Rails brings to life a neglected saga of America in the 1930s.
Self-reliance, compassion, frugality, and a love of freedom and country are at the heart of the lessons these teens learned. At journey’s end, the resilience of these survivors is a testament to the indomitable strength of the human spirit.
"Uys so thoroughly recreates the wretched conditions the boxcar boys and girls endured that the reader can all but hear the cadence of the trains on the tracks, and the lonesome wail at every whistle stop." - Chicago Tribune
"As gripping as it is well-researched." - Denver Post.
"Colorful, sometimes funny, often poignant and tragic stories...Uys researched the era with empathy and skill." - Indianapolis Star
"One of the most poignant memories of the wandering youth of the Great Depression." - Sacramento Bee [close]
by Zanib Mian (Goodreads Author)
― C.S. Lewis
― Jim Henson, It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider
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