Voices of the Dust Bowl (Voices of History)
Pelican Publishing (2012)
Reviewed by Evan Weldon (age 11) for Reader Views (9/13)
“Voices of the Dust Bowl” by Sherry Garland is about the Dust Bowl, the 9-year-long drought that hit the Great Plains of the United States in the 1930s. It was very informative about the Dust Bowl. I learned a lot from this book. I really liked the author’s writing style. Each two-page spread was dedicated to a poem about a different person in a different place in a different year during the Dust Bowl. Each spread also had an informative picture. The poems get at every angle of what it was like in the Dust Bowl – what it was like to be an American Indian, a homesteader, a banker who is stuck inside the bank with no money to give to the angry mob of depositors who want their money back, a nurse who is caring for patients with “dust pneumonia” and knowing that there is nothing she can really do to help, a farmer and his family, and many other examples of people who lived through the Dust Bowl. At the very end of the book are two pages of historical notes. The pages were cramped and kind of hard to read over the dark gray cloud background. But, the information was well written and gave a good history of how man-made environmental changes played a huge role in the Dust Bowl. I would recommend “Voices of the Dust Bowl” by Sherry Garland to people who like history. This was much easier to read than the average history book and will help me to remember this period in history.