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Angels In The Dust

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A young girl growing up in the heart of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s witnesses the people of her community becoming true friends, joining together like angels to help life go on. Beautiful pastel artwork illustrates this heartwarming tale based on a true story.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Troll Communications
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Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angels in the Dust is a beautifully written and beautifully illustrated children's book. It is based on the Depression and the effects of the Dust Bowl that occurred. It is historical fiction for the young.

Black blizzards blew in from the north. Each night before bed, Annie and Bessie stuffed paper into the cracks so that the dust would not blow in. Even so, in the morning, the sandy grit covered them from head to toe. It covered the kitchen table as well. Annie, the older child helped Bessie wr
Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Saw this scanning my children’s shelves yesterday and had to pull it down. It is a favorite, not just because it is about my state, Oklahoma. The characters are strong people who face the worst possible times yet remain hardworking, loving, helpful, loyal and supportive neighbors. The children in the story lose almost everything, but even they hold to each other and if they cannot make Snow Angels, then they can make Dust Angels. We were in the middle of a mini-ice storm yesterday so it was espe ...more
Jan 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Very different from previous historical fiction books for kids taking place during the dust bowl. Powerful imagery and images throughout really make it feel like the dust pervades every part of daily life. Most striking is a paragraph about the dust settling at night -- it covers the bed linens, leaving an outline of where one slept.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this is one of the only children's books, aside from The Little Match Girl, to bring tears to my eyes. The story of a family living through the Dust Bowl and the struggles they face, not to mention losing their mother. This is a story of strength and endurance through one of history's worst times.

Although the story is told by a journalist, I think she does an incredible job of telling this family's story. She actually went to visit the family and based this book off their accounts. Some
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In Angels in the Dust the author effectively conveys the “Dust Bowl” of the Great Depression as a menacing antagonist against Annie’s family and their small farm town in Oklahoma. Based on the author’s research and interviews with people who lived during this era, she tells of the dust that got into every single open space it could. Even when precautions were made to close up every crack in the house, it “[s:]till came to call like an unwanted visitor” (unmarked page). It choked the life out pla ...more
Mackenzie Sipes
Reaction: I thought the story was an interesting perspective on the Dust Bowl. Living in Kansas, I have heard many stories from the Dust Bowl but had never really seen it from this perspective in a Children's book. The story was really sad but very enlightening of the struggle people faced during the Dust Bowl.


Curriculum: This can definitely be used in a history lesson of any states in the Midwest if the lesson has to do with the Dust Bowl. The story is coming from a child's perspective
Paige Cedergreen
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personal Reaction: I absolutely loved this book. Particularly I liked the message it communicated about the importance of family, friends, and community. I think kids could relate well to this lesson.

I think this book is appropriate for grades 1st and 2nd. I would use this to introduce the topic of the dust bowl and to teach the idea of a drought. This book is also based on a true story, on the experiences of a woman named Annie Bender, so you can tell that you would be telling students all abou
Victoria Becker
Angels in the Dust is a lexile level 650 which translates to a reading level of N. The target reading level in 5th grade is T, U and V by the end of 5th grade. Because this book is so far below grade level it would be great to read in guided reading group to work on skills with my special education students that are below reading level. IT is also an excellent extension of Dust Bowl discussion started in Esperanza Rising.
NYS CC Standard: Students will Analyze multiple accounts of the same event
Mar 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Heartwarming story of life in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. Beautiful watercolor illustrations. Well researched. Author's note provides information about the real Annie who grew up near Guymon, OK between 1933 and 1937 when Guymon experienced 352 dust storms. ...more
Beth Lequeuvre
Sep 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Read this to Dylan with a lump in my throat almost the whole book.
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
good personal story of the Dust Bowl and what life was like for farmers...esp emphasized life with the constant presence of dust
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