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Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930s

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The 1930s in America will always be remembered for twin disasters-the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Michael L. Cooper takes readers through this tumultuous period, beginning with the 1929 stock market crash that ushered in the Great Depression and continuing with the severe drought in the Midwest, known as the Dust Bowl. He chronicles the everyday struggle for surviv ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published April 19th 2004 by Clarion Books
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Oct 24, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-kids
A well written and succinct recounting of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The author simplifies the causes and repercussions of these events without dumbing them down for juvenile readers. He writes in clear language with some challenging vocabulary, but it is certainly readable for a fifth or sixth grader. Images were well selected to help tell the story and work well with the text.

Recommended for grades 5-8.
Jun 11, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it
During the 1930s in Midwestern United States, the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression devastated the lives of many families. Through archival black and white photographs, letters and interviews of survivors, and words of John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie, this era of American history is described, explained, and humanized. Included at the back are Source Notes for each chapter, Of Further Interest section of books, video, and Internet resources and places to visit, and an Index. Genre: Nonfiction ...more
Mar 14, 2014 rebecca rated it it was amazing
very interesting.
Oct 03, 2011 Jess rated it liked it
Based on the title and the picture on the cover, I had not anticipated this to be a children's book. It is. It is a short account of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl issues with some great black and white photographs from the time. It is easy to follow, and would help an elementary or middle school student understand the subject - either for a class or as a topic of interest.
[I'll not criticize this book for not being what I had hoped when I ordered it from the library. ]
Oct 17, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-lit
This book is a harrowing account of both the Dust Bowl disaster and the Great Depression. Although the book was written eight years ago, it is more relevant now than ever. It is critically important for young people today to learn about the hardships of past generations, the failures that led to the Great Depression, and the responsibilities of a government and its citizens to find solutions to difficult problems and to learn from past failings. (Lexile: 1120; Grades 5-6)
Jan 08, 2013 Owen rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, history
This book is geared to middle schoolers. Filled with arresting photography by Dorothea Lange et al, it's an interesting quick read and a good reminder of how different things were in America at the time.
Jan 02, 2014 Mairin rated it really liked it
This was a good and powerful historical book.
Dec 01, 2013 Jamies rated it really liked it
This book was really interesting. It talks about two of the worst problems in the 1930's: the dust bowl and the depression. I recommend this book for people who are interested in American history.
Sep 26, 2008 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This non-fiction book provides a concise, yet thorough overview of the Dust Bowl and then zooms in for intimate details.
Aug 16, 2013 Liz rated it liked it
Read for background for Grapes of wrath.
Dec 01, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
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