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publisher: Kids Can Press

Dust Bowl, The

by David Booth, illustrated by Karen Reczuch

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edition:Paperback
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published: Sep 1999
ISBN:9781550747461
publisher: Kids Can Press
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Looking out the farmhouse window, Matthew's grandfather tells him about the Big Dry of the 1930s, which turned golden wheat fields into a dust bowl. Fifty years later, another drought is upon them and, once again, this prairie family clings to the hope of seeing their land green. Evocative illustrations capture life on the prairies in this powerful story of one family's determination to hold on to its farm.

About the Authors

David Booth is professor emeritus in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

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Karen Reczuch has illustrated many award-winning children’s books. Her recent works include Turtle Pond by James Gladstone and West Coast Wild by Deborah Hodge, which won the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award. She has also illustrated The Auction by Jan Andrews, a Governor General’s Award finalist; Just Like New by Ainslie Manson, winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; and Salmon Creek, winner of the BC Book Prize. Karen’s work includes scientific, historical and archaeological illustration, and has been exhibited internationally. Karen lives in Lake Country, BC.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
k to 4
Awards
  • Winner, Selected as Outstanding by Parent Council®
  • Winner, Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council
  • Commended, Ruth Schwartz Children’s Award
  • Short-listed, Tiny Torgi Literary Award, CNIB Library for the Blind
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award
  • Winner, IODE Book Award
Editorial Reviews

Listening to his grandfather's stories about life on their Canadian farm during those years [the “Big Dry” of the 1930s], and watching his father toil for the land he loves, Matthew learns that determination has overcome hardship in the past and likely can again. Reczuch's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations have a matte finish that mimics a fine coating of dust.

— School Library Journal

It is in the grandfather's voice that Booth's sharpest and most evocative writing comes through. Karen Reczuch's sun-bleached, dusty colors complement Booth's text perfectly, and she conjures up the modern-day and Depression-era farms - and the expanse of the Prairies - with equal ease.

— Quill & Quire

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