Not a Nickel to Spare: The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen

Not a Nickel to Spare The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen 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 h

  • Title: Not a Nickel to Spare: The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen
  • Author: Perry Nodelman
  • ISBN: 9780439961301
  • Page: 265
  • Format: None
  • 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.

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    1. 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.

    2. This book was very fascinating and it gave me a lot of insight of life during the Great Depression as well as opinions on Jewish "sticking to your own kind." I never really realized how families could have different rules about religious mingling.

    3. Not a Nicckle to spare is a really moving story about a family who deals with the hate for their jewish origin. The little girl Sally Cohen writes in her diary about adventures and problems her family had in Canada at the time of the National Socialism. If you like storys who are based on real happenings and will touch your hearyou have to read "Not a Nickel to spare".

    4. Not a Nickel to Spare is about Sally Cohen, a young girl who faces the difficulties of depression. But on top of worrying about having enough money to survive, Sally also faces the difficulties of being a jewish. With her cousin, Benny, Sally has many exciting adventures that help Sally face her fears and learn more about being jewish.I picked up this book because Mr.Gould told us to try the Dear Canada series, I also realised that I haven't read a historical fiction book in a while. So I decide [...]

    5. I've read a few of the 'Dear Canada' books but this is without a doubt my favourite. Sally Cohen's diary really touched me and pulled at the heart strings. Being from Toronto, I really liked reading about places I knew but what really got me, was the racist attitudes the Torontonians had in the 1930s. I've always been proud to be Canadian in this multi-cultured city and I had never imagined that Canadians were so racist and (some) even supported Hitler in those days. Then to read that Canada had [...]

    6. This was a well-researched book on life during the depression in Toronto. I enjoyed the details about food eaten, school days and the constant search for work. I also appreciated that the author included many stories about his own parents living during this time. However, I felt in some ways that Benny should have been the main character in the story. It seemed like Sally lived a lot of her story through her cousin and that things might have been more interesting from his perspective. I also tho [...]

    7. April 7th, 2015 MINI REVIEW4.5 Stars.The ending of this book broke my heart as much as reading through it and seeing events through Sally Cohen's eyes. These books were really something I loved reading when I was young, especially because it featured various Canadian locations providing a more meaningful read on a personal level. There's not too many books I find that are Canadian-centered so I'm terribly glad how these books have survived the years when they could have been easily forgotten l [...]

    8. In this book Sally got a notebook from her cousin Benny and started a diary. Right after, everyone was going crazy and fighting because people didn't like Jewish people. Then her dad got into jail. Luckily her dad got out, and got a better job. Sally was the only one in the family to go to school. The rest of her sisters worked at her uncle's factory. Her dad kept changing jobs and so did Benny. I learned that you shouldn't fight, because it makes everything worse. Auryn 12 years old, 2016

    9. I began reading the book because I was waiting a history essay on the Great Depression and also because I like the Dear Canada series. However, this particular book was not that great because I found that Sally repeated things a little too much. And I know that she's Yiddish but she used a little too many Yiddish words and I was constantly turning to the glossary at the back of the book to understand what was going on.

    10. Not very enjoyable. The only time she seems to write is to complain that she's bored until her cousin starts getting into trouble. And I really didn't enjoy the reverse racism. She doesn't seem to be able to form opinions of her own about the gentiles, she just lets her father's experiences color her judgment. Her father doesn't speak English very well, so of course he doesn't really have a good experience with any gentile. I don't think I'm going to read this one again.

    11. A very good book about life for a Jewish girl living in Canada during the Great Depression. It is very good as at the beginning she believes that people should stick to their own kind, and that Unions are bad, and that people shouldn't make a fuss about things, but as the book goes on this begins to change.

    12. Another book from the Dear Canada series, this time focussing on the Great Depression and how those who were Jewish were treated at this time. Not a Nickel to Spare is full of historical facts that will leave the readers wanting to know more about Canada's history.

    13. although this book does deal with the Great Depression, it deals a lot more with anti-Semitism during that era. it makes me wonder how widespread these issues are. was it the same in the states and we just don't hear about it? that is certainly possible.

    14. 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.

    15. It was good. Didn't have the dire circumstances of the Depression mentioned as much because they weren't on the streets and had somewhat of an income but I didn't expect all the racism towards the Jews which were interesting but I think could have stood on it's own Dear Canada.

    16. This one was all right. Not my favorite. I think I knew too much about the history to really get lost in the book. I need to stick to the ones that have new information for me.

    17. Another book from the Dear Canada series, "Not a Nickel to Spare" is a great read for anyone wanting to learn more about Canada's history.

    18. I only have very vague memories of reading this book, but I'm pretty sure I found it enjoyable. Not the best, but not the worst in the series.

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