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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.
About the Author
* 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.