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Children's LiteratureMarch may harbor spring but it still might hold a snowflake or two. Local author Marty Rhodes Figley tells of a devastating day in 1888 when a sudden snowstorm caused a prairie schoolhouse to collapse. The 19-year-old teacher, quick-thinking Minnie Freeman, tied a rope to the children and lead them through the blinding snow to the safety of her own little sod house half a mile away. The Schoolchildren's Blizzard adds an important true story to the national annals of brave children and teens. The early-reader format and lovely watercolors by Shelly Haas help make the tale accessible to beginning readers and show how important it is to keep a cool head in emergencies. Part of the "On My Own History Series. 2004, Lerner, Ages 5 to 8.