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Chloe May: Daughter of the Dust Bowl Paperback – April 15, 2008
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I was familiar with the area where they lived because that is where my husband grew up and where my sweet 93 year old mother-in-law still lives. We live in the area and our part of Texas experienced the same things. I heard that a lot of land around here sold for $.25 and acre during those dark days. I know about the wind and how the dust would still be everywhere except that the farmers learned how to work with the unique conditions of living in our area.
Mrs. Lundmark puts a personal face on the hardships of those times. Her characters were well-rounded people who lived through difficult situations with grace, honor, steadfastness, and a hard work ethic. They knew the power of family and the need for laughter in daily life. I was impressed with the father and mother in that they endeavored to make life as normal as possible for their children.
I found it familiar in the experiences of the family moving from horses and wagons to the Model T. I have heard those stories all my life. It was good to hear from another family of their experiences. I would recommend this book because I think it is a time that is neglected in our history.
Elaine Littau, author of Nan's Journey and Elk's Resolve
Every aspect of this book had me hooked. The Historical era, the details of the depression and the dust storms were all fantastic! Things I never imagined before were brought to light with this book. I can't imagine all the moving, the dust storms, the depression that Ms. Lundmark's mother had to endure. It was so real to me. I felt, on many occasion through this book, that it was me there in the middle of the 20's and 30's, witnessing all the events as if they were my own. I LOVE a book that can do that!
Please. If you are a history lover, or just love a really AWESOME book, then give Ms. Lundmark's book a try. It is definitely worthy of 5 stars and beyond. I think that every library-public, home, or school- should have more than one copy of this book. Well done, Ms. Lundmark and I look forward to many more books like this!
*This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*
Life wasn't easy, but throughout the seven children's lives, their parents were dedicated to giving them all they could.
I enjoyed the real story of a family's struggle that we can't imagine, like waking up in the morning and staring at your pillow, an outline of dust where your head had laid.
This book was written as a wonderful tribute to the author's mother and her real life experiences. That's one reason I have a little trouble referring to this as a novel. While it's in a fictional format, it lacks the internal conflict, goal, and character change needed for a novel.
However, I enjoyed this story. It gave me an even more real picture of that time period and struggles than the Grapes of Wrath (movie version) did. I can't imagine being in the parents' shoes with such burdens, but they bore them with an enviable courage.
-Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
Primary Author of "Touch My Tears: Tales from the Trail of Tears"
Beginning with May's birth, the third child and eldest daughter, Grace describes some of her childhood adventures in Oklahoma: Playing with her brothers, learning to swim, developing a love of reading, going to see silent pictures. But then the New York stock exchange crashed. Life was tough for everyone, including May's farming family. They endured, however, through several moves and lifestyle changes from Oklahoma to Missouri, to Colorado, and eventually to New Mexico.
Read along and discover with May as history unfolds with talking pictures, the Model T, Roosevelt's election, the Great Depression and the dust storms. Charmingly told in third person omniscient, Grace Lundmark's novel adaptation of her mother's life reads just like a grandmother telling her grandchildren a time-worn story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could not put this book down until I had finished. I wanted to know about this historical era also. Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by Anita J Barnes
Chloe May is
All about hardships as well as love and determination, this wonderful book is centered on the life of a girl that grew up knowing what the word hardship really... Read more
This is an incredible tribute to Grace Lundmark's mother and the hardships she endured throughout her life. Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by proud grandma!
This is a very easy read and very family oriented. A good book for all ages from 4th grade to adult. It is full of humorous experiences the author shares in a flavorful way. Read morePublished on March 11, 2010 by Portia Childress
It took me two sittings to completely read Chloe May: Daughter of the Dust Bowl by Grace Lundmark. Having this kind of family history revealed to you is completely fascinating;... Read morePublished on January 2, 2010 by Kimberly Thompson