Wednesday, December 18, 2013


THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL by Don Brown. Houghton Mifflin, 2013.

The Dust Bowl era in America, in the 1930s, is described in exquisite detail in this nonfiction graphic format. The ecological and environmental causes, the economic tolls, the sheer desperation is conveyed in the ink drawings, spare text, and brown tones that comprise this work. Have students study this GN before diving into Steinbeck's novel. Offer this to reluctant readers who will become absorbed in the illustrations. Share this with kids.

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