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The Great American Dustbowl
Written and Illustrated by Don Brown
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 2013
Curriculum Connections: Great Depression (United States), natural disasters (drought), economics, agriculture.
Features: graphic novel; selected bibliography, source notes.
Description: Provides a "you are there" account of one of the continental United States' most devastating historical events. This book traces the antecedents prior to the onset of the Black Sunday Monster, and its strength lies in the stunning depiction of daily life struggles during the decade-long dust storms.
Following are suggested resources for text-sets targeting the possible curriculum connections above. Summaries found under “Comments” for books are copied from card catalog records and verso pages.
Books:
Author
Title/Publisher
Grade Levels
Comments
ISBN/Publication Date
Coombs, Karen Mueller
Children of the Dust Days
Carolrhoda Books, Inc.
4-6
Focuses on the experiences of children during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s, when prolonged drought, coupled with farming techniques, caused massive erosion from Texas to Canada’s wheat fields.
1-57505-360-8
2000
Lassieur, Allison
The Dust Bowl: An Interactive History Adventure
Capstone Press
4-6
Contains three story paths which allow the reader to explore the people and events of the U.S. Dust Bowl from the perspectives of a farmer, a migrant worker, and a government photographer. Includes a time line and resources for further study.
978-1-4296-2343-8
2009
Hesse, Karen
Out of the Dust
Scholastic Press
4-6
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
978-0-590-36080-7
1997
Websites and Online Magazines:
Name of Site
Address
Grade Levels
Comments
Publisher/Creator
Dust Bowl –Facts and Summary
http://www.history.com/topics/dust-bowl

4-6
Includes videos, articles, pictures, and historical features
A & E Television Networks
2014
Wessels Living History Farm, York, Nebraska
Farming in the 1930s
http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_02.html

4-6
Survivors recall what life was like during the Dust Bowl during interview segments. Links entitled “Making Money,” “Machines,” “Crops,” “Water,” “Pests and Weeds,” “Farm Life,” and “World Events” provided for further exploration.
Bill Ganzel
Ganzel Group Communications
2003
Interactive Dust Bowl
http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/interactive/

4-6
Provides scenarios to show what life was like during the Dust Bowl and opportunities to make decisions on next steps to take for your family to survive.
PBS, WETA (Washington, DC), and The Dust Bowl Film Project
2012