Cimarron Girl: The Dust Bowl Years of Abigail Brubaker

Cimarron Girl: The Dust Bowl Years of Abigail Brubaker

by Mike Blanc

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Overview

Cimarron Girl: The Dust Bowl Years of Abigail Brubaker is a fictional recollection of young Abigail’s experiences on the family’s Oklahoma prairie farm, located in Cimarron, the heart of the Dust Bowl. Abby’s first-person account chronicles key episodes each year as the depth of the drought unfolds. As she grows, personal perspectives are woven from actual events. Readers experience the challenges, sacrifices, and dreams of farmers, whose story of loss was echoed by the millions. The Brubakers struggle to hold their family farm, face harsh realities, and hope for a new start in California. A journey across the Southwest over legendary Route 66 carries adventure, a chance meeting, and peels back several layers of the Great Migration.

Cimarron Girl reflects Dust Bowl history, but moreover, it’s a story about family. When challenges are faced, virtues are to be lived. Courage, fortitude, and kindness are underlying themes at the soft heart of Cimarron Girl . Net profits from Cimarron Girl will support the Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis. Oak Clinic’s singular mission is to treat and empower individuals and families living with multiple sclerosis, regardless of their ability to pay.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938164149
Publisher: VanitaBooks, LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Series: Cimarron Girl Series
Pages: 52
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Mike Blanc is an award-winning illustrator of children’s literature. Titles with author Vanita Oelschlager include The Gandy Dancers and Work Songs from the American Railroad , Postcards from a War , The Pullman Porters: An American Journey , and Bonyo Bonyo: The True Story of a Brave Boy from Kenya , created with Kristin Blackwood. Cimarron Girl: The Dust Bowl Years of Abigail Brubaker , is Mike’s first book as sole author. He resides in Akron, Ohio.

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Cimarron Girl: The Dust Bowl Years of Abigail Brubaker 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ThePatrioticBookaholic 3 months ago
For being a children's book about a young girl's journey during the Dust Bowl era, it was a pretty good read. It shows what happened during that time without totally scaring the kids off of learning about one of the most pivotal moments in time. If anything, I hope this book will make kids want to go learn more about the 1930's and what families like Abigail's did in order to survive. I think the part that got to me the most was the description of the dust storms that would come up suddenly. I have seen a couple in my life and every time you experience one, you just can't help to think of what it might have been like in the thirties without our modern conveniences of letting everyone know that one is on the way. Thank You to Mike Blanc for this short read that I so hope will make everyone who reads want to go learn more about this time in history! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley! All thoughts and opinions are my own!
TexasRebel17 3 months ago
For being a children's book about a young girl's journey during the Dust Bowl era, it was a pretty good read. It shows what happened during that time without totally scaring the kids off of learning about one of the most pivotal moments in time. If anything, I hope this book will make kids want to go learn more about the 1930's and what families like Abigail's did in order to survive. I think the part that got to me the most was the description of the dust storms that would come up suddenly. I have seen a couple in my life and every time you experience one, you just can't help to think of what it might have been like in the thirties without our modern conveniences of letting everyone know that one is on the way. Thank You to Mike Blanc for this short read that I so hope will make everyone who reads want to go learn more about this time in history! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley! All thoughts and opinions are my own!
BooksforKatie More than 1 year ago
Historical Book for Children Cimarron Girl is told from the view point of an adult looking back to childhood during the Dust Bowl. I personally do not think that this book was intended to be funny, but to tell a sad story of our country's past. And even with this, it could still be a children's book. This book, is written in the eyes of Abigail. She is seven years old when the dust bowl began. She talks about all the hardships her family and neighbors faced. Many people don't really talk about this time, so I feel that it is important that this book is shared with children. It may even teach the children that they have it better than they think. Thank you Vanita Books and NetGalley for the digital ARC of this book, which made this honest review possible.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a free electronic copy of this book from Netgalley, Mike Blanc, and Vanita Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your work with me. This is an excellent look at the dust bowl years in the 1930's for children and teens. This story is told in the first person of a 12 year old girl. Mike Blanc does a fine job portraying the angst of a family loosing their farm in Oklahoma to drought and 'black tornados' in the 1930's, and migrating to California, along with hundreds of other midwesterners, in search of work.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
A beautifully illustrated story of a young girl's remembrances from growing up during the Dust Bowl years of Oklahoma. The descriptive writing, poetic at times, paints the picture of a close knit family struggling to make it on their farm in the 1930's, when the drought and Great Depression hit the prairie states doubly hard. The endearing relationships of the family helped them endure the difficulties so many people faced, like the dangers of dust storms, farm foreclosures, accidents, and eventual migration to California for work. The prejudice these poor families faced was so sad, not unlike other refugees today. An interesting epilogue and brief list of historical facts provided a nice wrap up. I would have liked to know where the family eventually settled. There are descendants today in California from actual people who followed the same path as this fictional family! Recommend this for older children and up, or as a homeschool read aloud. 4.5 stars (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
catloverAD More than 1 year ago
This is a great story to open the door for young readers to learn of the journey of a girl during The Dust Bowl Years. It's simply told and would also be good as a read out loud. Illustrations were very good. Reviewed through NetGalley for an independant, honest review.