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

By Tanya Smith, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Powerful story of 1930s Dust Bowl families.

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Great history of the Dust Bowl

Excellent description of what the Okies endured during the Dust Bowl and migration to California's central valley. The creation of a school just for the Dust Bowl kids is an inspiring story.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

The book's haunting photographs deliver an emotional wallop. Two dirty toddlers stand naked in a metal tub; a broken-down Okie car, piled high with people and possessions, sits on the side of the road. This powerful must-read details the migrants' struggles and the Weedpatch School, and will get readers thinking about the price of prejudice -- and the importance hope. Readers will appreciate learning the fate of many of the children mentioned in the book, and that there are several success stories.

Book Details

  • Author: Jerry Stanley
  • Genre: History
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: January 1, 1992
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 86
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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