- Series: Through the Lens
- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 11243rd edition (October 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802795471
- ISBN-13: 978-0802795472
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dust Bowl Through the Lens: How Photography Revealed and Helped Remedy a National Disaster Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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Starred Review. Grade 4–8—This excellent photo-essay traces the history of the Dust Bowl from its causes to its resolution. In tandem, Sandler treats the role of the budding field of photojournalism. Forty-four spreads feature a page of clear, direct text with a large, well-reproduced image, many of which are set on color pages. Many of these, such as Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" and Arthur Rothstein's "Fleeing a Dust Storm," have become iconic. The author repeatedly makes the point that it was in large part the force of these pictures that motivated the Roosevelt administration to take action in aid of both Dust Bowl farmers and migrant workers. Seldom has the connection between the arts and the general quality of life been made so clear. The text deals equally with those who fled the decimated Bread Basket for California and those who waited out the devastation and dust. Throughout, the use of primary sources is superb, with quotations from affected citizens, the photojournalists themselves, political and entertainment figures, and writers, giving a multifaceted picture of a seminal time in United States history. This book gives a more general picture of the time than Jerry Stanley's Children of the Dust Bowl (Crown, 1993) and is focused more specifically than Russell Freedman's Children of the Great Depression (Clarion, 2005). It provides a lesson in strength and perseverance that is certainly applicable today.—Ann Welton, Helen B. Stafford Elementary, Tacoma, WA END
Sandler, whose previous books include America through the Lens (2005) and Lincoln through the Lens (2008), has found, in America’s Dust Bowl, a natural subject for the series’ photo-essay format. Well researched and dramatically illustrated, the book explains how settlement, farming methods, and weather together devastated the southern plains and, by extension, the people who lived there, how they reacted, how the government responded, how the Dust Bowl finally ended, and who created the photographic record of the period. Each double-page spread uses a heading and a period quote to open a new topic, discusses it in a few paragraphs of text, and illustrates it with a large photo and a small one. Detailed captions comment on the photos. Telling the story with intelligence and sensitivity, Sandler honors the people who lived through the disaster and the great photographers of the 1930s, who documented the dramatic story for the people of their own time and created a record that transcends that time. Grades 5-9. --Carolyn Phelan
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If you are interested in the Dust Bowl, this book is aimed at children readers but I found some of the writing to be a little difficult even for myself. I still admire the photographs especially the migrant mother whose face captured the world about the Dust Bowl Crisis.
This book offers a fine format, beautiful photographs, and a brief explanation as to why it happened in the first place especially with focus on causes of the Dust Bowl and it's disastrous effects.
Even the Okies and others who fled the Dust Bowl with their families and belongings for a new life in California, they didn't receive such a welcome reception there.
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