Author: R.H. Farber
Publisher: Collectible Connection Ltd
Released: January 15, 2013
Walt Disney started the first Mickey Mouse Club in the early 1930’s, as the Great Depression started to take hold, crippling the American economy. Parents faced the very real prospect of unemployment and dramatic wage cuts with little or no time for their children as they tried to supplement their income. Walt Disney believed his Mickey Mouse Clubs now had a deep responsibility to teach these young children life lessons: moral values, honesty, intergrity, compassion and patriotism. Working with local schools and Parent-Teacher Associations, these clubs became a proud mainstay in their communities. At the height of their popularity, Mickey Mouse Clubs had millions of American children enrolled. Read about this fascinating piece of lost American history with numerous rare photographs.
This was a Freebie I saw one day while creating my daily Feed Your Reader post. Some of my favorite childhood memories come from Disneyland so it peaked my interest. My only memory of the Mickey Mouse Club is the reruns of the old TV show with Annette Funicello. Anyone remember this song?
Who’s the leader of the club
That’s made for you and me
Hey! there, Hi! there, Ho! there
You’re as welcome as can be
Forever let us hold our banner
High! High! High! High!
Come along and sing a song
And join the jamboree!
When I picked up this book that is what I thought I’d be reading about. Instead this book focuses on the original theater based Mickey Mouse Club which was started in 1930. I’d never heard of this club Walt created so it caught my interest. The book is a quick one sitting read with lots of pictures. I wish it had been expanded a little more as there was much more that could have been explored but I still found what was there to be interesting enough to keep reading.
Rating: 3 Stars – Worth Reading