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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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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
life. This book has stayed on my nightstand to be picked up again and again at all hours.
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.Read more ›
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This is by far my favorite of the Woody Guthrie biographies, and I have most of them. Never mind this being a book for middle childhood to teens, Ms. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Five stars, definitely. Thank you, Elizabeth Partridge, for giving the world this intimate portrait of America's beloved Woody Guthrie.Published 10 months ago by Paula L. Silici
I just finished reading this book, for the 2nd year in a row, with my 7th grade Language Arts students, and, once again, they LOVED it! Read morePublished 10 months ago by pam clark
I read this book in less than 2 days in the car while my husband was driving us to Wyoming. The biography made me realize that Woody Guthrie was a tortured soul who was able to... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Love2Knit
I thought this would be a better "read aloud" book for middle school age kids as it is in the 6-8 range of Common Core exemplars. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by Christina Williams
This story was so powerful and so well-told that I keep recommending the book to everybody who knows about Woody Guthrie. Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by Ohioan
Although this book is geared for young adult readers, I couldn't put it down. I teach general music and showed it to some of my kids. Read morePublished on April 11, 2011 by fiddler