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The Green Coat: A Tale from the Dust Bowl Years (English Edition) di [McDunn, Rosemary]
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See why "The Green Coat: A Tale from the Dust Bowl Years" is one of the most popular required summer reading books for schools and homeschool families and has become part of the curriculum in middle school everywhere!

The universal appeal of "The Green Coat" is due to McDunn's mastery of historical events, excellent dialogue, rich characters, and her tribute to the human spirit.

Young readers are captivated by the harrowing events in which Tressa and older brother Will find themselves, while adults are drawn to the emphasis of such traits as perseverance and loyalty. "The Green Coat" is a wonderful family book as well as a great classroom book.

Whatever you are looking for in your literature, you will not be disappointed with McDunn's exciting, harrowing tale from the dust bowl years!

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 0979225876
  • Editore: Bezalel Books (5 dicembre 2013)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B005KLSL28
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5.0 su 5 stelle Fantastic Fiction - Educational and Entertaining 25 aprile 2007
Di Lisa M. Hendey - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
One of the most fantastic ways to teach children about history is through the art of storytelling. Topics which may appear dry and uninteresting in a textbook can truly come to life if they are conveyed with character and style.

The Green Coat: A Tale from the Dust Bowl Years is doubly successful as a work of fiction in that it instructs about an important period in our country's history while sharing a story that is both heartwarming and inspirational. This novel by first time author and Michigan educator Rosemary McDunn will appeal to a broad audience ranging from middle school readers to adults.

Set in the 1930s in the Great Plains state of North Dakota, The Green Coat introduces us in its earliest pages to twelve year old Tressa Bauer. Hailing from the humble farming town of Dazey, Tressa appears to be a bit of a "Daddy's girl". What her family lacks in financial resources, they seem to make up for in familial bonds.

But shortly after the celebration of her twelfth birthday, Tressa is forced to deal with some very grown up news - owing to losses suffered from a lingering drought, her parents are on the verge of losing the family farm. As auctioneers eventually sell all of their land and property, Tressa's parents are forced to make a horrible decision in order to survive.

Tressa and her older brother Will, the two youngest of the four Bauer siblings, are sent to live in the home of Doctor Heileman near Fargo, ninety miles from the place her parents have found jobs and temporary shelter. Upon her arrival in the Heileman home, Tressa must deal with her new reality. In exchange for their room and board, Tressa and Will become domestic servants in a formerly genteel home that has been ravaged by dust storms. Tressa quickly realizes that the mentally ill Mrs. Heileman is unable to cope with her domestic duties or care for her two year old son, Ben. In addition, Tressa must contend with Claire, the Heileman's daughter who is near Tressa's age but is unkind to her from the start. Tressa longs for nothing more than to leave this place and be reunited with her parents.

"I didn't sleep that night. I swayed between silent fits of rage and fear gripped me so hard that my breathing became labored. Why would God do this to us? I wondered. Ma always said God had a plan. What kind of cruel plan is this?"

While readers of all ages will be drawn to the storyline and personalities presented in The Green Coat, teachers of middle school readers should specifically consider using the text to compliment language arts and social studies curricula. Author McDunn, an experienced educator, has provided an excellent educational resource at the conclusion of the book. For each chapter, a broad cross section of vocabulary words and relevant reflection and discussion questions are provided. An additional section looks at effective tools of figurative language and provides a "treasure hunt" for young readers to spot examples of this literary technique.

A quite stream of spirituality runs throughout The Green Coat as Tressa develops an active prayer life, calling on God to help her overcome what she feels are insurmountable obstacles. Ultimately, Tressa learns to draw on her own reserves of strength to endure and ultimately triumph in her newfound circumstances. What follows is a wonderful coming of age tale where life lessons are learned, tragedies are overcome, and lifelong friendships are forged. The relationships at the center of The Green Coat, those between Tressa and her brother Will and between the two siblings and a young married couple also in great need of healing, make this book a wonderful journey. Along the way, readers young and old will learn about customs and circumstances in a part of our history that differ greatly from today's world. For its wonderful character development, compelling plot, and attention to historical detail, I give The Green Coat my highest recommendation.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Heartwarming Story for All Ages! 20 luglio 2006
Di Patty Hopcian - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
History comes alive and captures our hearts in Rosemary McDunn's novel, The Green Coat. Glimpses of life during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930's are skillfully woven into the tale of a family devastated by its fury. The reader journeys with twelve year old Tressa, who, along with her brother, are forced to be separated from their parents. Though struggling with fear and loneliness, Tressa finds a deep inner strength to meet the many challenges she faces at a young age. The story is colored with wonderful detail and descriptive language that make it educational and inspiring. Readers of all ages will truly enjoy this heartwarming story, and find it to be a tribute to the power of the human spirit.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Well-written historical fiction 29 novembre 2007
Di Joan L. Kelly - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
The first word that came to mind when I reached the end of her book was 'wonderful' !!!
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I began to read the story. Perhaps, I was thinking that it would be more of a historical summary of the Dust Bowl years. The story did educate us on the facts, but it did it in a way that was entertaining and enjoyable.
As I read about Tressa and the hardships that her family endured, I felt as if I were there with them. Rosemary has a way of writing that draws her audience into the story. The characters in "The Green Coat" emphasize the courage and determination that is deep inside most people; an inner strength that can rise up and be held like an unbreakable shield when things seem almost unbearable. I applaud the way that Rosemary emphasized the undying faith that Tressa had by weaving it throughout the story. I will never be able to make a pot of homemade soup again without remembering the 'prayer pot'. "The Green Coat" is well written, educational, and entertaining.


Joan L. Kelly
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5.0 su 5 stelle Captivating Tale of the Dust Bowl Era 8 luglio 2006
Di C. Zbyrad - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
In her first novel, The Green Coat, Rosemary McDunn captures the struggles of a typical family during the tumultuous Dust Bowl period of American history. Through the eyes of Tressa, a twelve year old girl, the reader feels the anguish of a family separated in their quest for survival during this historical event. With her rich use of figurative language Mrs. McDunn helps her reader to understand the joys, sufferings, faith and determination of a people trying to cope and make sense of nature's fury. Children and adults will enjoy this story that celebrates the human condition. Hopefully this book will be one of many novels by Mrs. McDunn about this engaging character and her family.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A hearwarming tale of family struggles 19 luglio 2006
Di J. Berger - Pubblicato su
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Ms. McDunn's wonderful tale of a young brother and sister that were sent away from home for financial reasons tugs at the heart. Ms. McDunn's literary style creates vivid images of life during the most trying times in midwest American history and re-ignites a yearning for the family values of self-sacrifice and action for the common good that are often missing in modern families. This book is an excellent read for both middle school readers and adults. Ms. McDunn, please tell us more about these remarkable siblings.
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