Children of the Great Depression

Children of the Great Depression

by Russell Freedman

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ISBN-13: 9780547480350
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 12/06/2010
Pages: 118
Sales rank: 290,726
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author


Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City.

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"Delivers concrete data with which to create a sense of the times...enhanced by...Freedman's many comparisons." HORN BOOK Horn Book

"Stirring photo-essay...eloquent...[Freedman's] signature plainspoken prose...'convey[s] in human terms the true meaning of economic statistics.' BOOKLIST, starred Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"Another superb photo-essay by a veteran author. A wonderful, informed, and sympathetic overview...of this period." SLJ, starred School Library Journal, Starred

"Freedman captures the historical scope of young lives during the Great Depression...At once bleak and uplifting." -PW Publishers Weekly

"[A] magnificent volume...Freedman is a master of the photo-essay, and this is one of his best." -KIRKUS, starred Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"Plenty of primary-source testimony...Freedman offers an account within the reach and interest of middle-schoolers." -BCCB Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Freedman does an exemplary job of making a disheartening and complicated subject...approachable and engaging...a fantastic resource." VOYA VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

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Children of the Great Depression 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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JCRitchie More than 1 year ago
"Children of the Great Depression" by Russell Freedman Review This book is a non-fiction picture book. It tells of how bad the Great Depression was, for the children and the parents. It shows great pictures of children, homes, and towns, of how bad it was in the 30's. This is a sad and overcoming bad times book. It's sad to see all the pictures of the children, and think about how they must have felt. A quote from the book, by a child who wrote a letter to Eleanor Roosevelt, " I am always sorry, because I'm still very young and can't help out." It shows children how it use to be, but the families stuck together and came through the depression. JCR3302
wsquared More than 1 year ago
"Children of the Great Depression," written by Russell Freedman is a great source of information about the depression and how it affected the lives of families during the 1920s. The information provided in this nonfiction picture book is essential to completely understanding the full extent of the situation. Included in this book are pictures and comments from children that had to face the reality of having no money, only the clothes on their backs, and barely enough food to get them through the day. Children were malnourished and were riding the line between survival and death. Through pictures and narratives by the author and the traveling photographers, the devastation of the Depression comes to life. The book reveals the harsh reality of children's lives through the depiction of starvation and homelessness. Times were tough for everyone, especially the innocent children, some getting only one meal a day and others sleeping on the streets. Unemployment ravished the communities, which ultimately lead to the inability to provide necessities, including food for the family. While this informational book is upsetting I think that it is a good source of information in order to get an idea about the Depression from a child's perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone interested in this era, this is a must. The pic. are wonderful. It takes you back in time. It reminds me of stories grannie used to tell.