by Elizabeth Friedrich, ill. by Michael Garland. Boyds Mills Press, 1996.
* After reading this book, answer the following questions in complete sentences and reflective thoughts before going on with your invitation.
1. Leah made quite a sacrifice in selling her beloved pony to Mr. B. Why do you think Mr. B. really gave the pony back?
2. Neighbors came together in the story to help each other out. Do you think this still happens today? Is it more likely to occur in the rural areas than in the urban places?
3. What are some of the ways the author and illustrator show the bleakness and sadness of the Great Depression?
4. Why do you think the neighbors bid so low on Leah's family's auction items? Did that seem realistic to bid so low?
* Create a thank you card to send to Mr. B.
** Find some information on the "Dust Bowl". Create a page for a 1930 Sear's Catalog. Remember to have the correct prices for that time period.
*** Write an entry in Leah's diary for the day she sold her pony and another one for the day she got her pony back.
**** During the Great Depression, many families picked up and moved west. You are Leah, and your best friend has moved away. Make a postcard and write a message to send to this friend. Don't forget the stamp!
*****You have been commissioned to create a tombstone for Leah. Be sure to write a brief epitaph, along with pertinent information that needs to be on the marker.
This page was developed through GirlTECH '97, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology Center. © July 1998 Judith Peckham http://teachertech.rice.edu/Participants/jpeckham/