Droughts

Droughts

by Judy Fradin, Dennis Fradin
     
 

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You're a farmer in 1930s Oklahoma and you never thought you’d see this day. Your fields have literally turned to dust. This Depression the radio folks were talking about just reached the heartland.

The epic disaster of the Dust Bowl brings home the cruel consequences of drought. The calamity that struck Depression-era America was startling for its

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You're a farmer in 1930s Oklahoma and you never thought you’d see this day. Your fields have literally turned to dust. This Depression the radio folks were talking about just reached the heartland.

The epic disaster of the Dust Bowl brings home the cruel consequences of drought. The calamity that struck Depression-era America was startling for its far-reaching effects across our country, teaching us much about the nature of droughts and their dreadful devastation. The science section of this book examines the lessons from the Dust Bowl droughts for farmers, including the importance of topsoil. The history of droughts around the world compares impacts on a wide variety of societies.

The final chapter looks at the latest tools and technologies developed to help us survive future droughts. The ample back matter will help students find sources to write informed and compelling reports on this subject.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheryl O'Sullivan
With an oversized format and numerous compelling photographs, this book has the appeal of a picture book. Yet its densely informative writing style and meticulous research will make it useful and engaging for readers in middle grades and beyond. Part of the "Witness to Disaster" series that so far also contains books about volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis, this book discusses the "slow, creeping" disaster that is drought. Short chapters focus on the definition, causes, and remedies of drought. Using sometimes heart-rending photographs of drought-stricken regions, and quotes from drought survivors, the authors develop for children an understanding of drought and an empathy for regions that suffer from this disaster. Famous droughts, such as the Dust Bowl of the United States in the 1930s, are used as illustrations for how droughts happen and what can be done about them. Quotations introduce each chapter and are used throughout the book to engage the reader. Human interest stories give real faces to the statistics cited in the book. Interesting interviews with experts knowledgeable about droughts add credibility. As with most National Geographic publications, this book is high-quality, and contains age-appropriate research tools, such as a list of further resources and an index. It will be useful to teachers in grades four and above for teaching about droughts, climate, or broader environmental issues, and the included list of ten things kids can do will provide teachers with ideas for local action. Reviewer: Sheryl O'Sullivan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426303395
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Series:
Witness to Disaster
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1060L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Judy and Dennis Fradin have collectively written over 150 books. This dynamic couple is well known for their carefully researched books recounting harrowing times in history. Their many awards include the 2004 SCBWI Golden Kite Honor book award for The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine, and the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year for 5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft’s Flight from Slavery. Their most recent National Geographic title was Earthquakes.

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