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

This nonfiction text focuses on the destitute situation of families migrating to California from the Dust Bowl in the 1930s and what happened to them when they arrived. Incidents and testimony from numerous sources are punctuated with poignant photos to produce a compelling, though at times reference-style, record of the real people behind The Grapes of Wrath. In addition to describing the abject poverty and rejection families experienced, a major part of the story details the building of a community school--the brainchild of an extraordinary educator. Through this bootstrap operation, the displaced children garnered the self-esteem essential for healthy attitudes and aspirations. Ages 10-14.
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Author:Hildebrand, Joan M.
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 22, 1993
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