Born and Bred in the Great Depression

Author John Winter remembers his father’s stories of growing up during the Great Depression in Born and Bred in the Great Depression.

He recounts how his father grew up in a small house outside a small town in Texas. He describes the hardships, and the joys, of being a child during those difficult years.

The pastel pictures illustrator Kimberly Bulcken Root drew (or painted) to accompany the story are sweetly detailed – down to the eight people sharing two beds, or sitting around the kitchen table.

I think my favorite part is the front and back flap. Winter has generously shared pictures of his grandparents and his father, so we can know these are real people. I keep returning to the picture of Grandpa and Grandma Winter sitting at their table in about 1951. You can tell they’re used to hard work, and probably just sat down after working outside all day. Lines of care are etched into their faces as they stare down the camera.

Quiet heroes like these are the people I want to introduce to my children. Born and Bred in the Great Depression is the perfect way to do that.

Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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