by Bronwen Scott-Branagan
Joan and the Great Depression by Bronwen Scott-Branagan depicts the life of a young girl named Joan as her and her family experience the Great Depression in Victoria, Australia.
Bronwen Scott-Branagan does a wonderful job explaining life during the Great Depression. Her detailed events, which are experienced by Joan, give the reader a sense of how people's lives were effected by this tough time period. Joan realizes her family is very fortunate to have land with chickens and fruits and vegetables when many families around them are going hungry. Her family eagerly to aid those in need and although Joan is confused by what is happening around her she feels proud when her and her mother provide food and odd jobs to the indigent.
The story teaches the importance of helping others as well as excepting change. Joan also learns that even during tough times happiness can still be found.
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