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.
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.
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.
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