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?
Wing Walker set in The Great Depression tells the story of a family that loses its home during and has to resort to wing walking and circus work to survive. But will Daddy survive wing walking?
This Great Depression classroom literature guide is now available in Kids' Wings' single download, a Great Depression Literature group download, and in the awesome Kids' Wings Treasure Trackers collection of literature units.
Music of the 30s
The Depression and the New Deal
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 black orphan boy, alone in the Great Depression. When he decides to take wing to find his father, he discovers his courage, perseverance, creativity, and compassion provide the strength to go forward.
A 14-page literature guide, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your electronic board for Wing Walker will bring history to life in your classroom!
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With special thanks to Axelsia for the background music, "Le Piccadilly" by Erik Alfred-Leslie Satie
© 2003, Suzy Red,