Finding Daddy : A Story Of The Great Depression

Finding Daddy : A Story Of The Great Depression

by Jo Harper, Josephine Harper, Josephine Harper
     
 

Bonnie loves to sing while her father plays a fiddle. In better times, the family was happy in its modest home. But hard times took away Bonnie's father's job, then their house, and then even her father's fiddle. Hearing the unkind remarks of a neighbor, Bonnie's father leaves to search for work at the nearby port and to relieve the economic burden on his wife, who

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Bonnie loves to sing while her father plays a fiddle. In better times, the family was happy in its modest home. But hard times took away Bonnie's father's job, then their house, and then even her father's fiddle. Hearing the unkind remarks of a neighbor, Bonnie's father leaves to search for work at the nearby port and to relieve the economic burden on his wife, who has started to take in laundry. A distraught Bonnie determines to take her dog, Caesar, and go find her daddy! In her search, Bonnie discovers the pivotal part she can play in rescuing her family and restoring their lives.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Bonnie's life quickly changes from security and warmth to worry as her family moves from their cozy home to a dreary shack and her father leaves to search for work. Devastated, Bonnie sets out to find him and in the process finds a way to earn a little money. Interwoven into this story is the role music plays both as a celebration of family bonds and a possible source of income. The two themes coexist awkwardly, resulting in a story line that occasionally feels forced. However, despite a few unlikely moments in the plot, the book succeeds in illustrating how the Great Depression affected children. The illustrations, rendered in oil and acrylic, are noteworthy, capturing the transition from happiness to sorrow to hope through the use of color. The endnotes and the endpapers serve as a jumping-off point for further research. The glossary, for example, includes many terms that are not in the story but are relevant to the period in general, such as the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Dust Bowl. Similarly, there is a photographic time line; the lyrics to "Happy Days Are Here Again," which the girl sings with her father after they are reunited; a list of other popular songs from the era; photographs of popular entertainers; and an author's note. This book offers a way to make history more personal. Consider it a supplemental purchase.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890515317
Publisher:
Turtle Books
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
42
Product dimensions:
10.16(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
5 Years

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