Not a Nickel to Spare The Great Depression Diary of Sally


Not a Nickel to Spare The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen Dear Canada Coping with being poor during the Depression is hard enough but Sally also has to deal with the anti Jewish feelings in her community when she ventures outside her familiar Jewish neighbourhood And her cousin Benny is always getting into scrapes Sally has to try to get him out of Sally must find the strength and learn to cope with the world around her A great book to better understand what it is do be without Now with many if not most of the Dear Canada fictional diaries that I had read before joining Goodreads in 2009 and that are often still languishing on my to read list as unreviewed I am of course planning on rereading them before I finally post a review But no I will indeed NOT bother doing so with Not a Nickel to Spare The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen since I did not at at ALL enjoy Perry Nodelman's featured text when I read Not a Nickel to Spare The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen in 2007 and have definitely mostly found Sally Cohen's imagined journal musings annoyingly frustrating and in no way even remotely a reading pleasure and because yes I just also and really do not feel up to rereading a narrative that I have found so unenjoyable I actually had to constantly skim and skip huge sections of in order to be able to even complete Not a Nickel to Spare The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen and not give up For while Perry Nodelman does certainly capture a very realistic sense of time and of place in Sally Cohen's fictional diary Depression era Toronto Canada with its economic woes and wide spread joblessness as well as issues regarding rising anti Semitism in 1930s Canada I for one have from the first printed words of Not a Nickel to Spare The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen found Sally's voice while perhaps age appropriate also absolutely inauthentic with regard to gender with how Perry Nodelman presents Sally Cohen and her fictional diary never really feeling like she like Sally truly is a girl but rather like a boy in disguise like I am reading a male voice pretending to be female not deliberately done so of course but I just do not think that Perry Nodelman ever truly captures Sally as being in any way feminine enough and as such also sufficiently authentic and relatable And indeed the inherent inauthenticity of Nodelman's narration of how he in my opinion is unable to render Sally into a gender appropriate narrator this has also truly and lastingly lessened my potential reading pleasure regarding Not a Nickel to Spare The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen and to the point of me only considering but one star as a rating Because yes if there is one thing that I personally cannot abide and stomach when reading especially first person narration it is indeed voices that feel false and to and for me Sally just does not ever in Not a Nickel to Spare The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen show herself as though she even a totally ny bit mirrors whom and what she is in fact supposed to be that there is really nothing in her fictional diary entries that I have found girl appropriate that Perry Nodelman in my opinion truly makes his Sally Cohen feel not at all realistic as a girl as someone who is supposed to be inherently female I don't understand why this book has such a low rating It is probably one of the most realistic and historically accurate book in the entire series At least it touches on not only the depression but the rise of Hitler Not only this but it talks about how this was like for Jews in Canada something not many people really touch on This was one of the first books I read in this series and in my opinion one of the best books in the series This was truly realistic I loved that the character of Sally was so accurately immature in that she is definitely eleven years old with age appropriate thoughts and opinions I also liked that this took place not in a traditional kind of diary but a scribbler

  • Hardcover
  • 218 pages
  • Not a Nickel to Spare The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen Dear Canada
  • Perry Nodelman
  • English
  • 07 March 2016
  • 9780439961301

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