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Schoolchildren's Blizzard
     

Schoolchildren's Blizzard

by Marty Rhodes Figley
 

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One bright day in 1888, Sarah looks across the prairie and sees a huge wall of dark clouds. The wind roars. Snow swirls all around. It's a blizzard! Sarah and the rest of Miss Freeman's class are trapped in their schoolhouse. Then heavy snow makes the roof cave in. The children are in terrible danger. What will Miss Freeman do to save them?

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One bright day in 1888, Sarah looks across the prairie and sees a huge wall of dark clouds. The wind roars. Snow swirls all around. It's a blizzard! Sarah and the rest of Miss Freeman's class are trapped in their schoolhouse. Then heavy snow makes the roof cave in. The children are in terrible danger. What will Miss Freeman do to save them?

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Children's Literature
March 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.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This fast-paced, high-interest tale set in Nebraska is based on the true story of Minnie Freeman, a teacher who led her students to safety through the deadly blizzard of January 12, 1888. Two sisters, nine-year-old Sarah and seven-year-old Annie, set off to school on an exceptionally warm winter day. During recess, a bitter wind blows and it begins to snow. Before long, the tiny sod schoolhouse's roof is ripped off and they are exposed to the elements. Realizing that they will surely freeze if they stay put, Miss Freeman ties all 16 of her students together with a long rope and they walk to safety through the blinding storm. Well-painted, realistic watercolors depict their struggle to find a safe haven and blend well with the exciting text. A good choice for newly independent readers, this story can be used in conjunction with the study of 19th-century prairie life.-Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575056197
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
On My Own History Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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