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This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie (Golden Kite Awards) Hardcover – April 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 06 - 08
  • Lexile Measure: 1020L (What's this?)
  • Series: Golden Kite Awards
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HOLT MCDOUGAL; 1 edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670035351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670035359
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The author of Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange shapes a lucid, affecting portrait of another indisputably restless spirit, the prolific songwriter and impassioned folksinger Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (1912-1967). Drawing from Guthrie's autobiographical writings and correspondence and from original interviews (with the singer's children Arlo and Nora, and Pete Seeger, among others), the author painstakingly charts his subject's itinerant, often troubled life. Tragedy often, eerily, in the form of devastating fire shadowed Guthrie from his childhood, when his mother, suffering from Huntington's Disease (which eventually ravaged the singer as well), was finally placed in a state hospital after setting her husband on fire. (Years later, Woody's four-year-old daughter died from severe burns.) In chronicling Guthrie's cross-country ramblings and his relationships with his three wives, children and fellow musicians, Partridge offers intriguing insight into the singer as well as the creation of his songs. Background on political and social conflicts gives young readers access to the issues that so frequently inspired Guthrie. Ample quotations, excerpts from his lyrics, reproductions of his sketches and photographs infuse these pages with Guthrie's spontaneous and charismatic if erratic personality. A memorable biography of this talented artist and understated proponent of social change. Ages 12-up.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up-This outstanding biography belongs in every library collection, large or small. With access to the extensive Woody Guthrie Archives and opportunities to interview two of his children and his longtime friend and fellow musician Pete Seeger, Partridge has written a fascinating portrait not only of the man, but also of the historical upheavals that shaped his life and were captured and reflected in his songs. Against a backdrop of the Depression, the Dust-Bowl migration, farm workers' camps in California, World War II, and the Cold War era, readers are introduced to the whirlwind of creative, nervous energy and often-erratic behavior that characterized Guthrie. Although he was hospitalized with Huntington's Disease by the time of the 1960s' folk-music boom, young singers including Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Odetta led a new generation to love his music. While deeply appreciative of his many talents, the author does not gloss over his irresponsible behavior and frightening outbursts of violence, which grew worse as his disease progressed, or the family tragedies he endured. Although Guthrie's active career lasted just over two decades, readers are left with an overwhelming sense of the remarkable creativity and productivity of those years and its enduring legacy for future generations. Numerous black-and-white photographs, reproductions of Guthrie's drawings and letters, and concert posters and flyers appear throughout the handsome volume. Partridge includes detailed source notes and a page of resource information about the archives and the Huntington's Disease Society of America.
Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Elizabeth Partridge graduated with a degree in Women's Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and later studied traditional Chinese medicine. She was an acupuncturist for more than twenty years before closing her medical practice to write full-time.

Elizabeth is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Marching to Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary, as well as biographies of Dorothea Lange, Woody Guthrie, and John Lennon. Partridge has also written several photo biographies for adults. Her books have received many honors, including National Book Award Finalist, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Elizabeth is on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults.

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They loved the pictures and real life story of Woody Guthrie.
fiddler
Though it is a quick read, there is a lot of fresh stuff;plus a lot of really good pictures I've not seen before.
J. Guild
Partridge has done as good a job as could be done, considering her circumstances.
E. R. Bird

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Partridge set herself up with a monumentally difficult task when she decided to write an authoritative juvenile biography of the great Woody Guthrie. How to write a story about a man that was simultaneously brilliant and woebegotten? Who spoke out for racial equality, strength among the masses, and freedom while also leaving every family who ever loved him? Partridge has done as good a job as could be done, considering her circumstances. The result is a meticulously researched labor of love that is just as much tribute as it is tell-all. As Pete Seeger himself has said about the work, "The best book about Woody ever written".
Woody Guthrie was born in 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma to a mother with Huntington's Disease and a father who joined lynch mobs and Klu Klux Klans. Talking about this point in Woody's life, Partridge simultaneously displays all the harsh horrible things Woody had to deal with growing up without actually condemning anyone. In fact, the portions of the text that talk about Charley Guthrie (Woody's father) joining in the persecution of African-Americans aren't related with any commentary at all. It's as if Partridge is working on the assumption that the readers will be able to process these facts and come to their own conclusions, rather than have interpretations rammed down their throat. It is also the first moment the author gives the audience the benefit of the doubt. It is not the last.
Moving on through Woody's life, we see him grow up, loose his parents (one way or another), and join various bands. We also see him beginning to travel all across the country on his own. At last, Woody marries and it becomes clear that he is not exactly prime husband material.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book.A longtime fan of Woody and have the bulk of his music that has been published.I have other books of Guthrie;namely, Woody,Cisco,&Me by Jim Longhi,Pastures of Heaven by Woody,edited by Marsh and Leventhal,Woody Guthrie-a life by Joe Klein and this is a very good addition.Though it is a quick read, there is a lot of fresh stuff;plus a lot of really good pictures I've not seen before.
If Pete Seeger says "The best book about Woody ever written", it's got to be good. Can you imagine Pete saying something he didn't believe? Get it,it's a keeper and enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Davidson on September 23, 2005
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I have not read other books about Woody, but I don't feel I have to, to get an appreciation of who he was and where he came from. Until I read this book, I really had no idea what a great musician he was. I'm a fan of Arlo, but knew very little about Woody.

Woody's parents didn't have it easy - his father, Charley didn't like to face the reality of what was happening to his wife, he would drink so he didn't have to face it.

Woody explored just about every belief looking for answers, answers to life and how to live his life. He was mostly interested in the Communist Party and their beleifs.

At times Woody was a counselor to those who were lost, sick, hungry, wanting work and he would give them "commonsense answers", the people would go away satisfied with what Woody had to say to them.

Woody would quite frequently sing his songs to down and out families in migrant camps, always identifying with the workers.

Woody began to suspect the same illness that haunted his mother was effecting him also, he knew that Huntington's disease could be passed along generation to generation.

My heart breaks for all the people who loved Woody and for Woody himself. It's a tragic story, but one worth reading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
An always interesting and well presented recap of an astonishing
life. This book has stayed on my nightstand to be picked up again and again at all hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Mullin on September 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this for my daughter's 14th birthday. Right now she is into folk music. She reads well beyond her years and had already done a lot of reading about Woody Guthrie. I was a bit concerned that this would not be sophisticated enough for her. She loves the book. It had a lot of new information for her and lots of great pictures and insights. I have looked at it too. It is suitable for adults and youth middle school and above.
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Prior to reading this book I didn't know anything about Woody Guthrie except that he was the folk singer who sang This Land is Your Land. I picked up this book that was on display at my local library and am so glad I did.

It turns out that poet, troubadour and hobo Guthrie wrote This Land is Your Land (original title: God Blessed America) as a wry response to Kate Smith's patriotic God Bless America that saturated the airwaves at the time. The original version (a photo of the original written in Woody's hand is included in the book) is a must-see. That the meaning of the song has morphed over the years with so few lyric changes is an unexpected surprise.

Obviously written so that middle-schoolers can take it all in, the book appeals to adults alike, with wonderful layout, photos, and copies of original documents.

So, I found this book to be especially poignant and powerful -- enough to take the time to attempt to write a review that would convey the feeling of the book. Woody's paradoxical life of uncommon freedom and tragedy, and the historical backdrop of the Great Depression, dustbowl and red-scare 50s are themselves powerful subjects, but I felt that in particular there was something very special and powerful about this book.

For me, Partridge made Woody's genius, life and times come alive so that you felt like you were there experiencing it all. Maybe it's just me today...wonder if other readers had the same experience.
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