Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Great American Dust Bowl

The Great American Dust Bowl
by Don Brown
Houghton Mifflin, 2013. 80 pgs. Nonfiction

     A short but powerful history of the Dust Bowl years in the United States, going back to the geological beginning when the Great Plains were formed, and then describing how farming destroyed native grasses and let drought and wind pull the land up into the air. The sorrow, devastation, and helplessness of that time are beautifully and terribly illuminated by the extraordinarily gifted Mr. Brown. For students and other interested persons of all ages The Great American Dust Bowl truly conveys the damage to body and soul of the Dust Bowl years in an easy to read, deeply memorable format. Recommended for older children.

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