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Wilsmith, Gwyneth J.

Goderich (Ont.), Gunbyfield Publishing Ltd., 1987. 158pp, paper, $12.95, ISBN 0-921078-00-5. Distributed by Gwyneth J. Wilsmith, RR #2. Zurich. Ont. N0M 2T0. CIP

Grades 7 and up/Ages 12 and up
Reviewed by Dorothy Dodge

Volume 17 Number 3
1989 May

Hear the Pennies Dropping is a mini-biography of ten years of the author's life (from the age of six to sixteen) during the Depression. It is a chronicle that includes her immediate and extended family—a memoir of a happy childhood in hard times on a farm in Saskatchewan.

Each chapter deals with a different subject—transportation, doctors, Christmas, school—and thus allows easy access to the particular area one may be interested in. Wilsmith spends a good deal of time describing each member of her family and their problems, but these segments certainly brought back memories of my own childhood during that time.

As a description of hard times during the Depression, the book is an excellent resource, but there is a bit too much family detail. Most of the illustrations are family group pictures, which are fine if you are interested in the costumes of the lime or are a member of the family, but otherwise they really are of little interest to the reader.

The book is well bound with good sturdy stock and large print. It has a soft but durable cover. It will definitely appeal to Depression survivors and anyone else interested in that period. It would be a useful resource in secondary social studies courses.

Dorothy Dodge, Lytton, B.C.
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