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The Green Coat: A Tale from the Dust Bowl Years [Paperback]

By Rosemary McDunn (Author)
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The universal appeal of "The Green Coat" is due to Mrs. 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.

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Studio: Bezalel Books
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.97" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Bezalel Books
Age  9-12
ISBN  0979225876  
ISBN13  9780979225871  

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Well-written historical fiction  Nov 29, 2007
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
The Green Coat: A Tale from the Dust Bowl Years  Aug 23, 2007
I bought this for my granddaughter to read during the summer. She loved it.She is an avid reader and I chose this for history.
The faith we have lost  May 1, 2007
I read "The Green Coat" in a couple of tear filled hours. While it is not a lengthily book it says more in it's few pages about real faith in action then we could glean from many weeks of a Bible study about faith. In the midst of a crisis many people can not get beyond asking 'Why would God allow this to happen?' The answer is on page 104 of this book (or 105 of the revised version).

We were never promised life would be easy but we have been promised that faith in God will see us through, bring comfort and work to our good. This book shows how faith in God did exactly that for seven real people through their different heart wrenching situations. This story based on a time in the life of the author's Mother is real life faith in action.

We think we have gained so much today with our modern advances, technology, knowledge and "stuff" but in reading this book about real people in extremely tough times I see clearly how much we have lost. The author helps the reader understand that time of our country's history without going into a long description. We see so clearly through this great story how important relationships are for everyone's good. Unfortunately we are too busy to support, nurture and enjoy other people as we should.

Another truth seen clearly is that we are not training our children from a young age about the importance of hard work and skills they will need as adults to care for themselves and others. Instead they are learning that life is meant to be about fun, sports and tv. What will become of them if life gets very hard in the future as so many times in history it has?
Fantastic Fiction - Educational and Entertaining  Apr 25, 2007
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.
"The Green Coat" - a perfect fit for all ages!  Jul 21, 2006
"The Green Coat", by Rosemary McDunn, is an inspiring, heartwarming story that takes place during the Dust Bowl era. The reader automatically falls in love with twelve year-old Tressa, who struggles to understand and cope with the devastation that has separated her from her family and the place she calls home. During her journey, she learns to appreciate the simple pleasures of life and embrace the unexpected friendships she encounters along the way. McDunn's vivid descriptions and imaginative language allow the reader to accompany Tressa through these unforgettable times of hope and hardship. "The Green Coat" is truly sensational; a definite must-read to be enjoyed by all ages.

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