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Dust for Dinner (I Can Read Book - Level 3) Paperback – January 3, 1997

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Grade 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
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Gr. 1^-2. In this I Can Read Book, Turner takes a sad episode in history and fashions it into a story that has some depth as well as some drama. It revolves around an Oklahoma family displaced by drought and the Depression. Because the book is divided into chapters, youngsters will get the feeling of reading a "real book," while having the luxury of short sentences, generous leading, and a direct, easy-to-grasp plot line. Realistic, nicely executed illustrations decorate every page, and the book ends on a happy note: Dad finally finds a job in California. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (January 3, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006444225X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064442251
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in a small town in Western Massachusetts to creative parents who always encouraged my writing and painting. I went to Bates College, majored in English, and spent a wonderful year abroad in Oxford, England, giving me a taste for neat Scotch, Evensong, and very old churches and buildings. I've been married long enough to break all records and have two grown children. I am especially drawn to telling stories about outsiders, rebellious girls, and people who don't fit in--as I didn't growing up. I was always a bit too loud, too passionate, moved too fast, made up too many stories, and thought that life moved just a tad too slowly for me. I love to cook, garden, swim, pet my wild Jack Russell terrier, talk to friends and my "kids," and laugh at my husband's wild, original stories. I also actually answer letters and emails sent to me by fans, and when I do school visits, I tell people--"Don't ever let anyone tell you you can't do it!"

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2006
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I featured this book in my 4th grade class's unit on "How We Came to California." It was the best book that told about the journey of many families to the Golden State during the Dust Bowl Days because it included why they left, how they came and the struggle once they got here. To make it even more special, my grandmother came to read it to the students because she lived in CA during this time and helped the people who came to her town from Oaklahoma and Kansas. Having an elder read it to the kids was the most memorable thing to many of the kids who simply did not know about this period of their family's history.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1999
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Gradeschool children who read this story identified with the story characters. Students went away with appreciation for this time in American History. It was easy to read and informative. It made many students realize how fortunate they are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EmilyA on January 19, 2010
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Children will enjoy the books in this series, build reading skills, expand vocabulary, and learn about history altogether while reading these stories! The illustrations are good as well. We loved them all and read them more than once. You could add these to a study of American history for young kids and make the curriculum more interesting.
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Set in the Dust Bowl era of the Midwest, this is an excellent book for today's young readers. Before there were tech and housing bubbles, there was the Dust Bowl. A period where drought took over and the wind kept blowing dry air for years. The agricultural regions of the Midwest had many families that depended on farming to make a living. When it collapsed from drought, the families had to auction off their land and possessions and move out West to find work and start a new life. This book follows the tale of one family that had to make difficult decisions to stay together and develops the role of each family member as the story unfolds.
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Meet Mama, Papa and their two children Jake and Maggy as they live out life on their farm in the 1930's. All was good until the rains stopped and the dust came. This book will allow your child to see what it was like to live through the Dust Bowl era. Finally there was no other choice but to sell up the farm and move. The family had very little but did keep Mama's radio and Sam, the dog. Read of their trip west to California trying to get work on the way so that they could have more to eat than just bread and water. Some days were good, some were bad.

Well-written and illustrated. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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