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The Great Depression for Kids
The Great Depression for Kids

The Great Depression for Kids

Hardship and Hope in 1930s America, with 21 Activities

For Kids series


144 Pages, 11 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: July 2015

ISBN 9781613730515

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jul 2015)


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2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People List Have you ever wondered what it was like to live during the Great Depression? Perhaps you think of the stock market crash of 1929, unemployed workers standing in breadlines, and dust storms swirling on the Great Plains. But the 1930s were also a time when neighbors helped neighbors, librarians delivered books on horseback, and an army of young men rebuilt the nation's forests, roads, and parks. TheGreat Depression for Kids provides a balanced and realistic picture of an era rife with suffering but also deep-rooted with hope and generosity. Beginning with a full chapter on the 1920s, the book provides important background knowledge to help set the stage for an in-depth look at the decline of the economy and attempts at recovery over the next decade. Twenty-one hands-on activities invite young history buffs to understand and experience this important era in American history. Kids can recreate Depression glassware; simulate a windstorm; learn how to research, buy, and sell stocks; design a paper block quilt; play "round ball"; and much more. 


"Mullenbach presents a thorough but readily accessible account of the Great Depression." —Publishers Weekly

"The information is solid, and Mullenbach provides facts not usually found elsewhere." —School Library Journal

"Highly recommend this book to students looking to learn more about the Great Depression through examining primary documents, reading quotes, and trying out some activities people did during these times." —VOYA magazine

Author Biography

Cheryl Mullenbach is a former history teacher, librarian, public television project manager, and K–12 social studies consultant. She is the author of The Industrial Revolutionfor Kids: A History with 21 Activities and Double Victory: How African AmericanWomen Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II.