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Children of the Dust Days

Children of the Dust Days

by Karen Mueller Coombs

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This excellent entry in the "Picture the American Past" series successfully paints the years between 1931 and 1937 for the elementary school reader. America and Canada paid the price of a severe drought combined with years of plow and burn farming. These hard times sent families moving eastward or westward to more habitable climes to escape the dust-filled air and the poverty that such conditions brought. "Water was scarce...after washing hands and faces, people saved the water to scrub clothes. Only then did they use it to clean floors." Photographs appear on every page and lyrics from Woody Guthrie head several chapters. The ending is upbeat, as readers learn that improved farming methods should prevent future dust bowl conditions. There is a chronology, list of further readings, index and references to Web sites. 2000, Carolrhoda Books. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Carolyn Dennette Michaels
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A concise and informative overview. An introductory map shows where the dust fell-from Texas to Alberta, Canada. A period photograph on every page captures the feelings of misery and despair. One picture shows a huge wall of dark dust approaching a town in Alberta like a gigantic tidal wave. Throughout the book, children and their parents are shown coping with the problems of dust, grasshoppers, crop failure, drought, starving farm animals, rationed water, and, finally, abandoning their homes for better prospects in other places. Lyrics by Woody Guthrie, spokespoet for the period, open several chapters. In an afterword, students are reassured that, due to improved farming techniques, it is unlikely that the "sad times of the dust days" will happen again. Several activities are appended. Milton Meltzer's excellent Driven from the Land (Benchmark, 1999) is for a slightly older audience.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Picture the American past Series
Edition description:
Library Edition
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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