Dust for dinner

Ann Warren Turner

Book - 1995

Jake narrates the story of his family's life in the Oklahoma dust bowl and the journey from their ravaged farm to California during the Great Depression.

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Series
An I can read book.
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Published
New York : HarperCollins c1995.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
64 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
ISBN
006023377X
0613029518
Main Author
Ann Warren Turner (-)
Other Authors
Robert Barrett, 1949- (illustrator)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 1-2?Jake and Maggy and their parents live on a farm in Oklahoma where they grow crops, raise animals, and sing and dance to the music on the radio. But when a drought comes and dust storms destroy the land, the family must auction all of their belongings and head to California. They manage to hang on to their radio and their dog as the only reminders of the life they've left behind. With the adults working odd jobs, they make their way across the country and are lucky enough to find a better life in California. Jake's first-person narrative; the use of the radio as a motif to provide continuity; and the realistic, full-color illustrations combine to make this story a well-written introduction to the Depression for beginning readers. No dates are given in the story to provide context or historical background, but this information is included in an author's note at the end.?Jan Shepherd Ross, Dixie Elementary Magnet School, Lexington, KY

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Jake narrates the story of his family's life in the Oklahoma dust bowl and the journey from their ravaged farm to California during the Great Depression

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Jake and Maggy watch how the dust storms of the Depression era ruin their family's Oklahoma farm, forcing them to auction their land and move to the green promise of California.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Jake and Maggy lived on a farm where they loved to sing and dance to the music from Mama's radio. Then terrible dust storms came and ruined the land. The family had no choice but to auction off the farm and make the long, hard journey west to California-away from the dust storms, where the land is still green.Along the way, Papa tries to find work, and Jake and Maggy try to help too. But what if Papa can't find a job? What if California isn't better after all?Ann Turner's dramatic story about the dust bowl, set during the Great Depression and beautifully captured in Robert Barrett's paintings, shows how one family stays together during difficult times.