Children of the Dust Bowl : the true story of the school at Weedpatch Camp

by Stanley, Jerry, 1941-

Format: Print Book 1992
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Non-Fiction Collection j LC5152.C2 S73 1992
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Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Non-fiction 978 S
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Illus. with photographs from the Dust Bowl era. This true story took place at the emergency farm-labor camp immortalized in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Ostracized as "dumb Okies," the children of Dust Bowl migrant laborers went without school--until Superintendent Leo Hart and 50 Okie kids built their own school in a nearby field. "The story is inspiring, and Stanley has recorded the details with passion and dignity. An excellent curriculum item."--(starred) Booklist.
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Booklist Review: "/*STARRED REVIEW*/ Gr. 4-8. Not all of the 50 period photographs were available at the time of this review, but Stanley's text is a compelling document all by itself, supplying much more than the history of the construction of Weedpatch School that the subtitle implies. The book begins with a vivid account of the "Dirty Thirties," picturing Dust Bowl farmers driven from their homes by "the winds of despair." The first part of the text records the enormity of the Dust Bowl exodus and the migrants' desperate, dangerous journey, with the remainder of the book focusing on the efforts of Leo Hart, who founded Arvin Federal Emergency (Weedpatch) School, and on the group of Okie children who actually built it. Throughout are songs, stories, and comments from individuals who survived to tell of the filth and heat and dust, of the meals of coffee grounds and apple pits, and of the prejudice and poverty encountered in the California promised land. The story is inspiring and disturbing, and Stanley has recorded the details with passion and dignity. An excellent curriculum item. (Reviewed Sept. 1, 1992)0517587815Stephanie Zvirin"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Children of migrant laborers -- Education -- California -- Arvin -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Droughts -- Southwestern States -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Great Plains -- Juvenile literature.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Southwestern States -- Juvenile literature.
Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939 -- Juvenile literature.
Migrant labor -- California.
Depressions -- 1929.
Publisher New York :Crown,1992
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 85 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-80) and index.
ISBN 0517587815 :
0517587823 (lib. bdg.) :
9780517880944 (pbk.)
0517880946 (pbk.)
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