Children Judith Hendershot In Coal Country

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In Coal Country

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9780394881904: In Coal Country

A child growing up in a coal-mining community finds both excitement and hard work, in a life deeply affected by the local industry

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Grade 1-4In Coal Country offers such an authentic picture of growing up gritty that you almost expect it to rub off on your hands. Like William Kurelek's ``Prairie Boy'' books (Houghton), it is a record of experience, a piece of social history, a memorial to a time and place, rather than a story in the Aristotelian sense. The narrator simply describes, in a plain, terse style, what it was like to grow up in coal country in the '30s (or earlier): how it looked and smelled, how her parents worked and her friends playedbut not what they thought or felt. The quotidian excitement of coal-hauling trains and the annual climax of Christmasa day off for her miner fatherprovide mild high points. Like the text, the chalk-on-textured-board pictures temper abstract simplicity with Depresssion-era details to create a slice-of-life evocation of a past in every way the obverse of fairytale romance. Patricia Dooley, formerly at Drexel University, Philadelphia
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Hendershot's evocative first-person narration and Allen's beautifully muted, scumbled artwork blend to form a gentle, moving tribute. All ages.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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