Anthracite Grade School on Irish Hill is a story about life in and around coal mines in the middle of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a young boy as he grows from ages nine through seventeen while working under the intense but heartfelt guidance of a father whom he worships. The story often presents: * A collection of humorous episodes as when miners frighten the nine-year-old into believing he is pursued by a bear, or playfully tease him later with crude stories about women which the na've boy doesn't understand but repeats to his mother, or when the impressionable boy admires and eventually adopts his father's inclination toward hilarious but dangerous pranks. * An adventure as when the boy travels underground at age eleven to assist miners in tight work chambers where they can barely fit, or when at age thirteen he enters an abandoned mine with his father to drill and blast a drain hole under a water-filled strip mine, or when as a young teenager he enthusiastically attempts to operate large bulldozers, dumptrucks, and steamshovels. * A historical reminder of the documented plight of European immigrants rudely awakened to the unanticipated hardships that prevailed in the coal fields during and prior to the Great Depression, which forms the introductory background to this story. * A reliable technical reference for the typical means, methods, and terminology applied by the anthracite miners of that period, including some of their amusing pastimes. From beginning to end, Anthracite Grade School on Irish Hill is wholesome and educational entertainment for the entire family and readers of all ages.
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|Size: ||1.7 MB|
|Publisher: ||Tate Publishing|
|Date published: || 2014|
|ISBN: ||9781634494137 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|
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