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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604621397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604621396
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,389,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elaine Littau VINE VOICE on October 27, 2009
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I purchased Chloe May:Daughter of the Dust Bowl by Grace Lundmark because the things written on the back cover of the book sounded so much like the events of my own mother's life. When I opened the book to read it I found a book mark to use when I laid it down for the evening. The truth is, I never put it down until I finished it. I had to see how they survived the things they went through, or it they survived at all.
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
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Wow! Talk about a really GREAT book! A book that is written about the author's mother, but is written in such a way that it is not confusing, nor boring, to me is a fantabulous book! It's based on facts, but is written with a fictionalized style to keep the reader hooked.

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*
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This story covers the moment Chloe May was born into the world through to her nineteenth year. Growing up in the dust bowl of Oklahoma, in the midst of the Great Depression, May faced the usual childhood challenges--with the addition of family crisis', near death experiences, and the threat of starvation at times.

Life wasn't easy, but throughout the seven children's lives, their parents were dedicated to giving them all they could.

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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"
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Enjoyed this book very much. It had been a while since I'd read a book that kept me up until 2:00 in the morning turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. It was a fairly easy read that was well written and as you can see kept my attention. I've often heard about the Dust Bowl historically, but have never read about it from the perspective of someone experiencing it. Also it added to my list of stories I've heard about living during the Great Depression. I've alway liked hearing real accounts of event's that for me are history. Stories such as this one helps me appreciate my country more and those that worked hard to keep it the nation it is even it times of great hardship. I've bought this book for friends and family. I have a few books on my list that I enjoy introducing people to or give away as presents and this is one on that list.
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Grace Akin Lundmark always enjoyed the stories her mother, Chloe May Whitehurst Akin, told of her childhood. As her mother grew older, Grace asked for some notes on these stories. From these, Grace complied the novel that is Chloe May: Daughter of the Dust Bowl.

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.
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