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Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp (edition 1993)

by Jerry Stanley

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Title:Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp
Authors:Jerry Stanley
Info:Crown Books for Young Readers (1993), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 96 pages
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“Children of the Dust Bow: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp” is a book anyone studying the dust bowl should read. Even though this book is primarily about the school at the Weedpatch Camp, the author gives his readers an introduction to the Dust Bowl and why so many “Okies” ended up in “Californ-I-A” and the horrible conditions they lived in. This book could be used after a lesson dealing with the Dust Bowl to give students another point of view of what life was like at this time from the children it affected.
The reader is then introduced to Leo Hart and from there we learn why he felt a school for “Okies” children was important and how it came to be. Hart knew that in order to stand a chance these children must learn basic skills. Along with regular school subjects, students also learned about plumbing, electrical work, aircraft mechanics, and animal husbandry. Leo and his wife along with the teachers from this school made sure these kids were not forgotten about.
Stanley uses actual photographs from the time throughout the book so the reader can see for their own eyes what was going on during this time and how horrible of a time it was. ( )
  kmmoore | Mar 23, 2015 |
Roughly about seven years that the Dust Bowl devastated land, crop, lives, families and economy around western states. But, having the perspective of children during those times is more impacting. This book discusses events and life changing events of children experiencing one of Americas occurrences.
We con only imagine what kind of conditions children had to live much less worry about school or even trying to have fun at their age. So, this book is important because it provides perspective about history, culture, economics, agriculture, science, geography and human spirit. Primary source.
pictures are good. ( )
  Adrian.Gaytan | Feb 11, 2015 |
The Dust Bowl happened in the United states of America's Western states during 1936-1940. It was a very hard time for the Great Plains because these sand storms came with great wind. People had to prepare for the storms by protecting their families, crops, and livestock. The Dust Bowl brought poorness to all of the Farmers because their crops were ruined. A lot of people also died from the storms. It was thick clouds of dust, red dirt, and you could see it coming from approximately 30 miles or more away. Farmers would tie all of their equipment down, and put their cattle in their barns. Then they would have to find safety for themselves. Most people went in cellars because inside the house was too dangerous. They broke down doors and windows and dust poured in. People also died just from breathing it in effecting their lungs with pneumonia or cancer and later dying. The houses had to be cleaned out every day or the dust would over power their house. It was said that they would need shovels to clean their houses out. Soon enough, people started migrating West to California where there was hope and jobs. California didn't need as many workers that did come and ended up getting over populated. Dust Bowl families were broke down on the side of Route 66 for days and people were living in their vehicles and tents. There was no hope. The children were called stupid and the teachers did not want to educate them. That was until Leo Hart stepped up and gave these children a school of their own, and they were all successful. ( )
  acreel | Nov 18, 2014 |
Before reading this book I have never heard of the Dust Bowl. This book was very helpful to change that. The author wrote this book so that all readers would understand the struggles that the "Okies" went through. The author wrote about the children who were tormented and almost deprived of an education. This touched me because as an aspiring teacher and parent, I could not imagine denying a child an education. The illustrations were pictures that people had submitted. At the end of the book the author credited the people who lent the pictures. ( )
  jpons | Nov 16, 2014 |
  mshampson | Oct 17, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0517880946, Paperback)

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.

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Describes the plight of the migrant workers who traveled from the Dust Bowl to California during the Depression and were forced to live in a federal labor camp and discusses the school that was built for their children.

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