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.
About the Author
Ann Turner is the author of many acclaimed novels, picture books, and poetry collections, among them the novel A Hunter Comes Home, an ALA Notable Children's Book; Rosemary's Witch, a School Library Journal Best Book; and her two poetry books, A Lion's Hunger and Learning to Swim, both ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Ann Turner's historical picture books include Abe Lincoln Remembers, an NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia; Drummer Boy; and Nettie's Trip South. Among her other picture books are Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies, a Reading Rainbow selection, and Dakota Dugout, an ALA Notable Children's Book. Ms. Turner lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the story of an Oklahoma family during the Dust Bowl. Jack, Maggie, and their parents live on a farm and raise animals, grow plants and crops, and listen to the radio until the drought comes and leaves everything dry and dusty. The family decides to leave for California, so they auction off their belongings and arrive at the Golden State, where the father gets a job.I thought that this was a great historical fiction book. The story factual and it ended well. The illustrations were very captivating with a lot of color.For this story, I would have students create a cause-and-effect chain as a class. For instance, the drought caused the land to be dry which caused the crops to die, ect.
Genre: Historical Fiction Age Appropriateness: Intermediate Review: This book is a good example of historical fiction because the fictional plot contains historical information that is accurate. Jake narrates the story of his family's life during the Oklahoma dust bowl and their journey from their home farm to California during the Great Depression. In this chapter book, the pages reveal the many troubles and blessings this family endures during the dust bowl and Great Depression. Media: This book is a good example of ink and wash and pencils media because the characters are outlined with ink and filled with various watercolors. In addition, the illustrator uses pencils to add more details to the characters and scenery.