Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression

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Demco Media, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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When Dorothy's father loses his job and cannot find another, the family borrows a car and sets off for Idaho where jobs picking potatoes can be found. This true story gives children a vivid sense of the Depression on a level they can understand. The illustrations, simple and charming, are a perfect match for the story.

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POTATO: A Tale from the Great Depression

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Lied's first book retells a family story that brings home the reality of the Great Depression. The narrator, pictured as a young girl with pigtails writing next to a family photo album, tells the true ... Read full review

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The book tells the story of a family who during the Depression had no work. So they picked potatoes and got to keep the ones they picked after hours. It brings the Great Depression down to an understandble level for young children.

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About the author (2002)

Lisa Campbell Ernst was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1957. She received a Bachelor's degree in art from the University of Oklahoma, and then won an internship as a guest editor for Mademoiselle Magazine in New York City. She has written and illustrated over twenty picture books including Stella Louella's Runaway Book, which won the Children's Choice Award in Kansas, and Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt.

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