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The Children's Blizzard
The Children's Blizzard
Author: David Laskin
The gripping story of an epic prairie snowstorm that killed hundreds of newly arrived settlers and cast a shadow on the promise of the American frontier. January 12, 1888, began as an unseasonably warm morning across Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Minnesota, the weather so mild that children walked to school without coats and gloves. But that...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060520755
ISBN-10: 0060520752
Publication Date: 11/1/2004
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 73 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 3
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Helpful Score: 10
Wonderful true story about the devastating blizzard in 1888 before storm warnings like this were made known to the people. Yet politics did play a part in the disaster. A fascinating look at the background and how it all happened. Graphic descriptions of death make it real for the reader. Lingers in the mind long after you have finished the book.
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Helpful Score: 4
Extremely well-researched and written. Brings to life characters with respect and carefully fictionalized last minute accounts of their lives. Meteorological information written in such a manner to interest readers and enhance the feeling of urgency. Carefully detailed accounts of political infighting that may have influenced the future of the Weather Service are also well-explored.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is the story of an historical blizzard which hit the Great Plains in 1888 killing hundreds of new settlers. It is an intense tale which many of us have never heard. It is called The Children"s Blizzard because so many children were caught in it on their way to or from school walking across the prairie.
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Helpful Score: 3
A very interesting and heartbreaking book about a monstrous blizzard and its effects.
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Great book, I did not know what it was about until I started reading. Very sad and a piece of history.
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The author did lots and lots of research for this book and at times if felt as if he was trying to cram all that information into the book. I understand the need for the background information on immigration, weather phenomenon and the formation of the modern day weather forecasting, however, it was like reading a textbook at times. It was an interesting textbook but I wanted the human stories - the stories of who was caught outside in the storm and how they tried to escape or were trapped. Page count showed that it was more than half way through the book before the author got to this information and for me at least there was not enough.
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This is an amazing tale, graphic and sad, but speaks in a true voice of the hardships pioneers of the period suffered. I found some of the weather information sections a bit too lengthy and detailed for my taste, but certainly some scientific explanations were necessary to understand the inconceivably powerful forces at work the day of the blizzard. The author did extensive research in both factual and oral histories. Most of the book does read as a novel, and proves the point that a true story can be even more riveting than fiction! All in all, a great read for anyone interested in history and our westward expansion.
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Very moving book.