10 March 2011

The children's Blizzard by David Laskin

It was a milder than usual morning on the 12th of January 1888. North and South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska...the people are happy for a break from the winter weather. They begin to go about their day with little care.

Unfortunately, hindsight is 20/20. The weather to come later that day brought utter disaster.
The storm that is the subject of this book is the same storm written about by Laura Ingalls Wilder, in her books.

This book gets a bit heavy with weather terminology in a couple of chapters. But the author also weaves MANY stories of various immigrants lives throughout the book...don't try to keep them straight, just keep reading. Actually, the second time I read this book I read it aloud to two of our children, ages 11 and 10 at the time.

Skip the weather terminology if you must, don't let it stop you from hearing the events of the blizzard and how it affected the people it struck. This is a piece of unpredictable, fascinating, American history.
The Children's Blizzard (P.S.) 


  1. Hey Ang! I've seen this book make the Sonlight circle many times and have yet to read it. I will just have to get going on it. Since I live in one of those States you mentioned, it will have to wait until Summer. I am not going to read about blizzards at this time of year. Enough is enough. P.S. Did you like my shameless plug over the bookblog thing? Thanks for being my friend.

  2. Did you see my post to you on your blog where I asked for you to give me some advice on making this blog more appealing to the eye?

    You really should read The Children's Blizzard; it will be very relevant to you.

    Glad you posted!

  3. I missed that post, lo siento (I'm sorry). I am most attracted to blogs that have some sort of animation or cool images in the header. I really think it's that first impression, first click thing. What's the first thing a blog hopper is going to see when they click to your blog? Whatever it is must be bold and brilliant.


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