Just as Saturday morning TV scheduling back in the fifties and sixties was reserved for kids’ cartoons, PWR reserves Saturday mornings for recommendations of kids’ books. Today’s recommendation targets 2nd through 4th grade history buffs who would like to know more about The Great Depression.

This wonderfully illustrated picture book recounts what life was like and “how hard things were.” The girl who is shown writing the book on the first page is writing how her grandfather and grandmother heard, “there were jobs in Idaho picking potatoes,” and how they “borrowed money for gas and left Iowa…” Picking potatoes day and night, the girl’s grandparents finally traded potatoes for necessities until the Depression was over.

Her final words on the last page are, “All this could be how I have come to like potatoes.”

To think of eating, picking, and “living” potatoes for years is something that blew my mind and will probably do the same to your children/grandchildren’s minds. I highly recommend this book as an answer to questions about The Great Depression.


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


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