Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp

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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.

Describes the plight of the migrant workers who traveled from the Dust Bowl to California during the Depression and were forced to ...

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Overview

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.

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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Editorial Reviews

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"The story is inspiring, and Stanley has recorded the details with passion and dignity. An excellent curriculum item."—(starred) Booklist.   
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This book tells the stories of children of Oklahoma families who migrated to California in the 1930's and 40's. It begins with poignant, vivid and unforgettable descriptions of the hopelessness of their lives before, during, and after their arrival. One person writes of running out of food en route to California. The kids waited for the adults to share the coffee and then took up spoons to eat the coffee grounds. Beaten down by starvation, disease and widespread prejudice, the children turn despair around by building their own school. Ownership and pride give them hope. In the words of one student, "This is what we are now, but it's not what we're going to be." And for most of them, this prophecy proved true. Photo and journalistic documentation combine with a powerful writing style to make this an inspiring, 78-page nonfiction read aloud.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-- Stanley has crafted a well-researched, highly readable portrait of the ``Okies'' driven to California by the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s and the formidable hardships they faced. After first detailing the desperation of their lives in the Midwest, he follows them on their trek across the western United States to the promise of work in California, where their hopes were dashed. After providing this thorough, sympathetic context of their plight, he zeroes in on the residents of Weedpatch Camp, one of several farm-labor camps built by the federal government. The remainder of the book is devoted to educator Leo Hart and the role he played in creating a ``federal emergency school.'' Interviews with Hart and the school's former teachers and pupils make Children of the Dust Bowl useful to students of oral history, as well as of the Depression. A thorough index enhances the research value of the book, although it is interesting enough to enjoy for itself. The book is lavishly illustrated with period black-and-white photographs. An informative and inspirational bit of American history. --Joyce Adams Burner, formerly at Spring Hill Middle School, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517880944
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 126,383
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

* Jerry Stanley was born in Highland Park, Michigan in 1941.  When he was seventeen years old, he joined the air force and was stationed in California, where he has lived ever since.

* Once out of the air force, Jerry went to college, during which time he supported himself as a rock-'n'-roll drummer on the weekends.  He received both his master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arizona.  

* Jerry is now is a professor of history at California State University in Bakersfield, where he teaches courses on the American West, the American Indian, and California history.  In addition to his children's books, Jerry is the author of numerous articles for both scholarly journals and popular magazines.

* Among Jerry's hobbies are bowling, racquetball, fishing, drumming, and writing humor.  He and his wife, Dorothy, have four children and live in Bakersfield, CA.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    Children Of the Dust Bowl

    This book is very factional and it gives alot of information about the 1935's - 1940's. It tells how the Okie's move to California out of the big Dust Storm. That made people move because their homes are wrecked and because of the Dust Storm. Near the middle of the book it told how hard life was for the Okies and the Okies children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Student

    This book is about how the Okie children. They learn how to not give up and have faith along with a man named Leo Hart. This book really makes you feel like you were going throught the adversities the children faced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    A must read for parents, youth and especially educators!

    Awesome true story of how one person's idea led to the establishment of a 'community-built' school. An awesome example of how education is 'experiential,' where everything learned is lived. A small group solve an educational & social problem in a very creative and constructive manner.

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