Janey’s family used to own a home and land in Texas, but then the Great Depression descended on the country and they, like so many, lost everything. Father is now an itinerant farm worker moving the family frequently as he follows the crop harvests in California.
Carefully wrapped and protected in a family suitcase is a single Blue Willow plate that belonged to Janey’s great-great-grandmother. The plate is painted with an image of a river, an arched bridge, willow trees and a home. Janey loves to look at the precious plate and dream, not only of the home her family left behind in Texas, but of a future, stable life they might have again one day in the future.
My parents were children of The Great Depression. In my opinion, those difficult years colored nearly every decision they made for the rest of their lives. For those of us who have not lived through a time like that, it is hard to imagine the despair and fear it brought to those who did. Books like Blue Willow help us understand — at least to some degree — how life was in that far away, difficult time.
Middle School Reading Level, 176 pages, The Great Depression, Published in 1940.