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by Jerry Stanley

eBook Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp download ISBN: 0517587823
Author: Jerry Stanley
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 4, 1992)
Language: English
ePub: 1738 kb
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Rating: 4.2
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Category: Children's Books
Subcategory: Literature and Fiction

This book is a great read for children and adults about the Dust Bowl, the migration, and California living in the 1930s.

The deprivations and discrimination they suffered touched me deeply. I was shocked to read of the hard-heartedness of many Californians; I didn't want to believe it. One of the wonderful things about this book is the story of one man who made up his mind to make a difference for the "Okies. This book is a great read for children and adults about the Dust Bowl, the migration, and California living in the 1930s.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-80) and index. 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. Published by arrangement with Crown Publishers.

This Study Guide consists of approximately 24 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Children of the Dust Bowl. Print Word PDF. This section contains 608 words (approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page). Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp Summary & Study Guide Description.

Jerry Stanley was born in Highland Park, Michigan in 1941 In addition to his children's books, Jerry is the author of numerous articles for both scholarly journals and popular magazines.

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 P. degrees from the University of Arizona. 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.

Ostracized as "dumb Okies," the children of Dust Bowl migrant laborers . The story of the building of this school is one of the most uplifting I have read in a long time

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. I read this book because much of what's told within it happened in the area where I bought a house a few years back. I thought a little local history would be interesting. Instead, it made me sick. The story of the building of this school is one of the most uplifting I have read in a long time. That the prejudice here is white American v. white American may be why this story is not better known.

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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.

The core of the book is the story of a remarkable man, Kern County school administrator Leo Hart, who spearheaded an effort to build Weedpatch School, a special institution just for migrant children. Violent acts (including arson and property destruction) against migrants and their supporters are mentioned but not detailed.

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

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

book by Jerry Stanley. Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp. com User, May 28, 2009. Much has been said about this book. All I can say is, "wow" what a book. I shed bittersweet tears as I read this wonderful book. Although I never lived in Weedpatch, I was born in 1935 to migrant Arkies. We lived in the Linnell Camp near Visalia. This story is my life.

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. "The story is inspiring, and Stanley has recorded the details with passion and dignity. An excellent curriculum item."--(starred) Booklist.   
Comments: (7)
Brick my own
What an interesting, but depressing book. It accentuates how little human beings have evolved to this day. If not for the exception of a few good people, those less fortunate would be left to die. I’m not a big history buff, but this book took me to the panhandle. I suffered along with the people presented in this tale and journeyed with them to what they thought would be salvation. I suffered their angst when they realized life was no better here for them and rejoiced when the superintendent took an interest in one group of migrants and helped them learn to better themselves and life around them. An amazing gentleman and amazing, hard-working, earnest migrants. Their unfailing determination in the face of poverty, illness, and bigotry is a lesson to us all to this day. Tons of photographs bring the story to life and help break up big chunks of text. Older children will find this book fascinating!
Ndyardin
The writing in this book is excellent, flowing evenly from page to page. Many of the photographs within are pure art, having been taken by Russell Lee, Dorothea Lange, and others. These two people are the Pieter Bruegel and Thomas Hart Benton (depicting plain, everyday folk) of American photography. This book relates a small chunk of American history, to be sure, but more than that, it relates universal themes of the human condition. Overall, the book relates the brutal conditions of the dust bowl, the migration over the mountains and desert, taunting and prejudice from settled Californians, and eventual attainment of excellence, as revealed by the construction and maintenance of the Weedpatch School, which eventually became a model school in the community. My 5 1/2 year old enjoyed reading every page, and found particular mirth in the unusual daily chore that the dust bowl children did with their cows. The description of this unusual chore is worth the price of the book. What was this daily chore? One way to find out is to borrow or purchase this book.
BlackHaze
Much has been said about this book. All I can say is, "wow" what a book. I shed bittersweet tears as I read this wonderful book. Although I never lived in Weedpatch, I was born in 1935 to migrant Arkies. We lived in the Linnell Camp near Visalia. This story is my life. Oh how I could relate. This book was like a motion picture, that I was in, and I traveled right down the road with it. I don't know if a person could relate if they haven't lived this life, but, I know that this book is so well written and illustrated that surely a person with a heart and caring spirit should be able to follow this book even if they could never imagine the deep down hardships, how the kids and families stuck together, bonded and had a good time. A lot of us could add our names to the long list of Weedpatch kids that became a success; it only takes hope, dreams, a longing for a better tomorrow, and a can do spirit. It is always an added benefit to have a man like Mr. Hart to believe in you. I loved this man and only wish he were still alive so that I could thank him for caring and acting on those cares.
Qucid
For those of us interested in the Dust Bowl's history and legacy, this book details and examines the children of this well-known migration from the Plains to the West in search of food, work, and shelter.

Ironically, if you watched the Grapes of Wrath where you would see for yourself how they portrayed the children in the camps as forgotten, ignored, discrminated against for being Okies. They were all called that while their parents searched for jobs in the daytime.

The Weedpatch Camp in Bakersfield, California is an example of how a government run camp was different where it allowed all the migrants to live more like human beings. The book builds up to the school where it was in existence for five years. It was so impressive to the community that non-residents wanted their children to attend too.

This book is a great read for children and adults about the Dust Bowl, the migration, and California living in the 1930s. You would be very impressed to get it.
Burilar
I found this book to be very informative and reflective
of a extremely difficult time in American History. As my
Fathers family was from Oklahoma and migrated to California
in the late 1920's I was very curious.
Considering this book is geared toward children or young
adults, I would think they would have to be very well read
and lean a bit toward the mature side.
The content is true and hard, and I would wonder how many
young people would be able to conceive of the hardships that
the migrants from Oklahoma had to endure.
Children today tend to feel entitled to all the wonderful
things they have in their life. I believe it would be good
for them to read about children who wanted desperately to go
to school and to be accepted and were in reality scorned by
society...This book depicts that time in great detail and is
very "informative." I highly reccomend it...Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp
Buge
As a teacher, it was thrilling to read about Leo Hart and his great compassion for the broken children of the Dust Bowl. His innovative educational techniques combined with his compassion inspired young teachers to engage on the adventure of a lifetime for both educators and students. So much achievement of many resulted from the heart of Leo Hart. Read it. Weep, then rejoice. Be proud to be a teacher!!!!
sergant
This is an inspiring story about a real-life hero from the great depression. Not only did he help "Okies" get an education in California, he did it so brilliantly that my 4th and 5th grade gifted students wanted to build a school just like the one he and his students built in California. This is a MUST READ for everyone...but be sure you have some Kleenex handy for the tears...

A harbinger to the Civil Rights movement, this book shows that discrimination is not necessarily color-based...it is "different than us" based. It also shows the steps needed to overcome such discrimination and how one person can change an entire community.Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp