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The Great Depression

Boy, Oh, Boysenberry!

The Great Depression<BR>(1929-1945)
The Great Depression

Boy, Oh, Boysenberry!
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.14

     challenging words:    boysenberry, loganberry, syrupy, economic, breed, raspberry, layer, jobs, health, drips, flourish, blackberry, history, lived, dying, missing
     content words:    Walter Knott, Southern California, Great Depression, Rudolph Boysen

Boy, Oh, Boysenberry!
By Erin Horner

1     I love warm toast for breakfast. I really love it when it is covered with a thick layer of boysenberry jelly. Each morning I smooth the dark jelly over warm toasted bread until it nearly drips off the side. Then I run my finger around the edge of the toast and lick off the extra syrupy sweet jelly. Boy, oh, boy, do I love boysenberries! Boy, oh, boy, do I owe a big thank you to Mr. Walter Knott.
2     Mr. Knott helped to create boysenberries in 1932. He and his family lived in southern California. They were farmers during the Great Depression. This was a very difficult time in American history. Money and jobs were scarce. So was food. Mr. Knott and his family did all that they could to survive the tough economic times. A friend of Mr. Knott's was trying to grow some new berry plants. They were going to be a crossbreed of a red raspberry, a blackberry, and a loganberry. But rather than growing, the berries kept dying. Being the creative and determined man that he was, Mr. Knott asked if he could take some of the .....
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