BUD NOT BUDDY (Newbery Medal) PLUS 3 Great Amazing Depression Picture Books!

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THE GREAT DEPRESSION comes to life in four amazing works of literature:

BUD, NOT BUDDY, winner of the Newbery Medal, by Christopher Paul Curtis
RUDY RIDES THE RAILS by Dandi Daley Mackall
WINGWALKER by Rosemary Wells and Brian Selznick
LEAH'S PONY by Elizabeth Friedrich

BUD, NOT BUDDY, Winner of the Newbery Medal:
Ten-year-old Bud's roots grow strong through the wisdom he remembers from his mother and through the "rules and things" that he creates during harrowing challenges he encounters as a foster child. When he decides to take wing to find his father, he discovers his courage, perseverance, creativity, and compassion provide the strength to go forward.

This is one of the most profound pieces of historical fiction literature of The Great Depression ever written. It will be laugh-out-loud funny on one page and then touching, frightening, sad, hopeful and back to laugh-out-loud funny on the next. It puts a precious face on the Great Depression, one your students will never forget. The classroom literature activities guide is now available in Kids Wings' Great Depression Literature download.

ACTIVITIES FOR BUD, NOT BUDDY, were written by master teacher, Suzy Red, and come to you in both PowerPoint and PDF format. They include:
Dialectical Journal to build independence in reading
The Best Age
My Suitcase Filed with Treasures
The Amoses on Trial, Setting up the Trial
The Trial of Mr. and Mrs. Amos and Todd Amos, an 8-page scripted trial
Illustrating Figures of Speech
Bud's English Roots, The Apostrophe Song and Its Application
The Contraction Song and Word Wall
Spotting Elaboration with Embedded Anecdotes
Root Stimulator: Things Your Parents Like to Tell You
Bud's Doors that Open and Close Over Story Maps
Research the Great Depression
Mapping Michigan
Making Math Work
Trying His Wings
Seeds Take Root
The Dusky Devastators of the Depression, A Logic Puzzle
New Wings, Comprehension PLUS
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys


Rudy lives with his family in Akron, Ohio, as the Great Depression stole jobs, homes, and food from American families in the 1930s. With his father becoming increasingly depressed, and his mother desperately trying to find food for his family, Rudy makes a courageous decision. He leaves home to find himself transformed from a young teen into a hobo, dependent on the kindness of strangers.

What will happen to Rudy when he hops on trains and rides the rails to California? Will he find a job? Will he find food? Who will he find to help him along the way? Will he ever return home?

A valuable part of your collection of Literature of the Great Depression, Rudy Rides the Rails tells the story through beautiful full page paintings as well as a touching story that puts a memorable face on the Great Depression.

Discussion Cards
Crossword Puzzle
2-Page Readers’ Theater Script
Map Study
PLUS The 24-page Sleeping Bear Press Literature Guide


WINGWALKER, the story:
As a dance teacher, Reuben's father could only dream of actually flying in an airplane in 1932. As a kid who was happy with his feet on the ground, Reuben could only quiver in fear at the thought of flying! When the Great Depression hit this small country family in Oklahoma, serious choices had to be made. Jobs were lost. Food was scarce. Then, a newspaper from the Minnesota wrapped around six eggs from the store shined light on Reuben's father dreams. Rising from the ashes of The Great Depression, a job as a wingwalker promised high pay but dangerous consequences. Will Reuben be able to overcome his own fears? Will his father be able to realize his dreams in the middle of a national disaster?

WINGWALKER, set in The Great Depression, tells the story of a family that loses its home during the Depression and has to resort to wingwalking and circus work to survive. Not only does Father survive wingwalking, but Reuben learns some valuable lessons in life because of the struggles.

WINGWALKER, the activities by Suzy Red:
Comparing Bud, Not Buddy, Leah's Pony, and Wingwalker
Where in the World are Oklahoma and Minnesota?
Making Connections, A Pre- and Post- Reading Discussion Guide with Chapter Questions
First Flight, Checking Comprehension, Multiple Choice and Short Answer, Chapter 1
Changing Winds, Checking Comprehension Chapter 2
The Music of the Great Depression, A New Song to the Tune of Happy Days Are Here Again
Winging Across, A Crossword Puzzle for Chapters 2-4
Poetry Magic, Writing Poetry about the Great Depression
Depression Math
The Great Depression Research
The Circus Carnival: A Logic Puzzle


LEAH'S PONY, the story:
Leah loved her pony. Together they chased cattle and rode through cornfields and pastures every day. But one year, the rain stopped falling and earth turned to dust. The cornfields and pastures disappeared. It was the beginning of the great drought. As a result, Leah's papa faced losing the family farm. The deeply felt story by Elizabeth Friedrich is set in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The story of one child is vividly portrayed through Michael Garland's stunning oil paintings. How much would Leah sacrifice for love of her family?

Leah's Pony
Hard Times on Leah's Farm, Crossword Puzzle
Farm, Friends, and Family, Inference in Multiple Choice
Brainstorm, Research, Interview, and Film to Report on The Great Depression


PLEASE NOTE: Kids Wings materials are written by highly experienced master teachers. We hire professional proof readers who are also master educators. We do our best to be sure each of our literature guides is top quality and error free, and classroom tested, but if you think we can do better, we welcome your input. If you find an error in our materials, please email us at suzy@suzyred.com so we can make corrections. After it is revised, we will invite you to download a newly polished copy and will probably attach a surprise to our reply as a thank-you!

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Total Pages
76 pages
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