Saturday, November 3, 2012


Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression by Kate Lied is a good picture book to share with children.  Lied based the story on one she heard from her aunt's experiences of the Great Depression.   Dorothy, the main character, lived in the 1930s.  Her dad lost his job, found another job, then lost that one as well.  The family heard about some temporary work so drove from Iowa to Idaho to work in the potato fields.  It isn't a lengthy story but one that shows how hard work and resourcefulness is beneficial.  This story would work well to help students better understand the Great Depression.  It could also be used as a model for writing a family story as well.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this book would increase my boys' interest in potatoes? Worth a try, don't you think?