I enjoyed the descriptive language of this story.
“I hear the first drops. Like the tapping of a stranger at the door of a dream”
“Each day after class lets out, each morning before it begins, I sit at the school piano and make my hands work. In spite of the pain, in spite of the stiffness and scars. I make my hands play the piano. I have practiced my best piece over and over till my arms throb.”
Published in 1997, this is a story of a 14-year-old girl named Billie Jo Kelby who has a passion for music. This story takes place in Oaklahoma during the famous dust bowl (which took place from 1930-1936). The book shows how Billie can take the most tragic situations and let her positive spirit shine through. Really great read for children- as I can even remember focusing on the dust bowl at one point in class as a student.
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse was published in 1997. The book is about a family who lives in Oklahoma and is dealing with a big dust storm. The crops are struggling to grow and the buildings are filling with dust. Each of the families in the state are working to keep growing different crops and making money so that they can live and support their families.
I‘m reading through the books of our new k-8 ELA curriculum #WitAndWisdom — I knew only that this book was set in the Dust Bowl, so I was quite shocked by what happened to the protagonist and her mother. I think the students will be quite engaged too.
#lae3414sp19 Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse is a John Newberry Medal winning piece of historical fiction (HF). A story about a young girl and her family as they make their way through the 1930‘s with the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Written as poem entries from Billy Jo‘s point of view, this story is a beautiful, but also somber story which is probably better suited for older students (4th-5th grade). This would be a great LC book
Billy Jo is having a tough time surviving in 1934-1935 Oklahoma. The drought, the dust, the winds, and the locusts are destroying everything. She is a pianist who has suffered a horrible burn to her hands. She thinks this means an end to her dreams of escaping her situation.
It's also a tough Tuesday here in the USA. DACA has been recinded. Hurricane Irma may be headed for Florida.
Haunting, beautiful, unique. I'll have to read it again but my word. I'm in awe of it. Just overwhelmed. Gorgeous work. Also, being a huge fan (and wearer) of vintage '30s dresses, I can also imagine the "house dresses" right along side it. Just an incredible work of art, this book. #karenhesse #outofthedust
Recommended by a friend, and so far I have no regrets. I've never read anything quite like it, and I'm having trouble putting it down.
I haven't been keeping up on photo challenges this month, but I immediately thought of this book when I saw #dustinthewind. It's a wonderful YA novel in verse set in the Dust Bowl during 1934 and 1935.
#YA #novelinverse #rockinmay #MsDsLibrary
#DustintheWind #RockinMay Newbery Medal winner told from the viewpoint of young Billie Jo. I had to read this for one of my librarian grad classes. It's a gripping, emotionally driven story set during the "Dust Bowl" of the US Great Depression. The unique free-verse poetry style made the tragedy in the book stand out all the more for me.
We Vermonters are fortunate to have a lot of well known authors close by. I decided not to go for the obvious (Howard Frank Mosher, Chris Bohjalian, Bernie Sanders, Alison Bechdel, Verandah Porsche, Ruth Stone). Karen Hesse was an important part of my children's education. #AprilBookShowers #localauthor
Hello Litsy. I'm new here. But these are some really old friends I brought back from my parents's house last week. Time to find them homes on bookshelves!
And I promise I'll learn how to use this cool app I've been hearing all about. Bear with me.
#learning #doesLitsyusehashtags? #oldfriends #kiddielit
It isn't often that books make me cry, but there are certain ones that do the trick. I have seen some of them posted on Litsy today for #mademecry. One book I haven't seen is Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. There are parts of this book that are brutal, and they are made even more so because the book is written in a series of free verse poetry. The writing is sparse, leaving pure emotion. #somethingforsept