This book lets kids travel back in time to the 1930s with a young girl named Rose who lives on a farm in Kansas during the Great Depression. the pink pages of Rose’s journal take readers on a journey to see for themselves just what life was like from month to month on the farm. It also includes information about what was happening across the nation back then. Historical black and white photographs make this journal seem more real and help to give kids a glimpse of just how bleak life was for a girl like Rose.
Rose’s Journal is an enjoyable way for young readers to learn about one of the most fascinating periods in American history – when Amelia Earhart made her solo flight from Hawaii to California, yet times were so tough for most Americans that they lived by this motto for making do with what little they had: Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
The journal is printed on lines which look like notebook paper, as if each page were handwritten by Rose. It includes drawings of important things in Rose’s life, like her puppy, the radio (which was a big part of everyone’s life back then), and her family, etc. Kids and adults alike will find this to be an entertaining read that leaves them with a good idea of just difficult the Great Depression, dust storms, and droughts must have been for someone like young Rose.
Title: ROSE’S JOURNAL: THE STORY OF a GIRL IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION (A Young American Voices Book)
Publisher: Silver Whistle Paperbacks; reprint edition, $7.00
Date: March 2003