Gr 2-4-An ideal introduction to a topic that children are learning about at younger and younger ages. Logically arranged and with clear text, the book describes life in this area between 1931 and 1938, how and why such hardships happened, and how the weather conditions affected adults and youngsters alike. Attention is given to the culture of the time, such as popular movies and comic books, and the subsequent lives of migrant workers, including a recipe for meat stew as it may have been prepared over a campfire. Special effort is made to help children relate, if even on a basic level, to the experiences of their counterparts in the 1930s. The double-page chapters are smartly limited to one large-type paragraph per leaf, a sidebar, and captioned pictures. Period photographs perfectly illustrate the time and place and are the book's greatest strength (so beware of scissors). A good choice for booktalking nonfiction in the early grades.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.