Summer of the Tree Army: A Civilian Conservation Corps Story (Tales of Young Americans)

by Gloria Whelan (Author) Kirbi Fagan (Illustrator)

Summer of the Tree Army: A Civilian Conservation Corps Story (Tales of Young Americans)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
When young Charlie Brightelot first spies the mysterious barracks in the woods near his home, he's not sure what to think. His father explains that the barracks will soon house young men serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the work relief program to help employ millions of young men during the Great Depression. Not everyone is happy to see these young men and Charlie's father questions their value. But when a fire threatens the forest, Roosevelt's Tree Army springs into action.
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Publishers Weekly

A nostalgic storybook feel permeates this meandering historical narrative, which follows white Charlie Brightelot, nine, of northern Michigan, and his summer encounters with the Civilian Conservation Corps, who move into nearby woodland barracks during the Great Depression. Charlie's bespectacled, sandy blond father doubts the usefulness of President Roosevelt "shipping fellows with no jobs up here from the city." But after Charlie befriends a white, high school-age CCC member named Luke, the men prove their mettle when a forest fire endangers the woods. Fagan firmly grounds readers in the 1930s, with stylized digital art evoking painted advertisements from the time period. National Book Award winner Whelan utilizes dense prose paragraphs and substantial dialogue, which may put off some readers, but those interested in history will appreciate this gentle, richly contextualized tale. Back matter includes an author's note. Ages 7-8. (Mar.)

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Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date
March 20, 2021
Tales of Young Americans
BISAC categories
JUV005000 - Juvenile Fiction | Boys & Men
JUV016150 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States - 20th Century
JUV029030 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | Disasters
Library of Congress categories
20th century
Forest fires
Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)

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