The Great American Dust Bowl
On a clear, warm Sunday, April 14, 1935, a wild wind whipped up millions upon millions of these specks of dust to form a duster—a savage storm—on America's high southern plains.
The sky turned black, sand-filled winds scoured the paint off houses and cars, trains der ...more
Isn't it so interesting the lesson we have to learn when we think we are smarter than mother nature. They cleared the land of all the prairie grasses that held the soil down and poof, it all went into the air. We learned more about trees and they di ...more
But the art is going to be the star for most readers, including me. The cover is absolute ...more
I always like to have a graphic at hand to read. Some go quickly and others are a slower read. Some are good verbally, some are well illustrated. It is nice to find one that is both. This book was well illustrated and colorful. It also gave a lot of historical fact wrapped up in it's few pages.
This book tells of the 1930's Dust Bowl in America. Not the first dust storm to ever occur, but the period of time that seemed to hold the most dust storms, one after the other. How it effected the ...more
His illustrations, though often grim, are aesthetically pleasing, and clean and clear. Many take the form of infographics.
He doesn't get down to personal stories, really. He's more focused on the more general experiences of people as a whole, and the macros of the situat ...more
"As I lay me down to take my rest
I see that it's just dust in the wind"
-- Mark "Moogy" Klingman (1950-2011)
"The plain bordering the Rockies, despite its flatness, is still more than a thousand feet above sea level. It is a dry place: it receives no more than twenty inches of rain and snow a year, about half of what Georgia, Maine, or Oregon gets.
"Bison found the grass. Herds ...more
Don Brown's graphic novel, The Great American Dust Bowl does a fantastic job of laying out the facts about the time in our country's history when the Dust Bowl was at its worst. He lays the foundation for the events by explaining the geology of the region, dating back to the creation of the Rocky Mountains, along with the ecological effects on the region as first the Native Americans and later the settlers lived on the land. He also explains the economic and historical significance of this time...more
1. Story plot is easy to follow, Don Brown uses flashback and revisits historically significant events leading up to the American Dust Bowl. I believe this will help students make connections to other events they may or may not have studied completely yet. However, if this graphic novel is being used in a classroom, the teacher may have to decide if these events are worthy of full studies. It is unfortunate the curricula do not align (at least in Lincoln) for this American ...more
Some of Brown's sentences were confusing; they had a tendency to run on and use conjunctions that didn ...more
The illustrations are sepia-toned; appropriate for the time and the topic.
Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him "a current pac ...more