Dust flowers by Lisa Gammon Olson. Illustrated by Kyle Olson. Book review. Tales from American Herstory Series.

This lovely and engaging picture book tells the story of the dust bowl era in the United States through the eyes of a little girl. Her grandmother tells her stories of the beauty of the land before the drought. The little girl has no memory of it and barely remembers her mother ever wearing a smile.

One day the girl finds a little green shoot and secretly waters it until it until it blooms into a gorgeous vine of morning glories. When her mother sees it, she smiles and dances with joy with her daughter. Although another dust storm is rising, they also hear the sound of thunder foretelling the coming end of the drought.

The pictures are soft, expressive watercolour hinting at dust without being overly oppressive. The story is told with tact, beauty, hope, and charm. I did, however find the occasional fully capitalize the word distracting and did not understand its purpose. This wonderful book would be a great addition to any classroom shelf or child’s personal book collection.

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Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages


4 thoughts on “Dust flowers by Lisa Gammon Olson. Illustrated by Kyle Olson. Book review. Tales from American Herstory Series.

  1. Bonnie, You reviewed “Dust Flowers” for me (above) book #1 from my American Herstory Series and politely declined to review “Sewing The Magic In” book #2, but I am wondering if you would be willing to review book #3 in the series? “The Cheese Song” – Hardcover – 2018 by Lisa Olson (Author), Lauren Rutledge (Illustrator)
    “The two girls watch each other across the crowded train car with intense interest. One holds tight to her little brother and the other clutches a mysterious basket. An unexpected secret will bind the two girls together, but dare they hope to find an adoptive family that will keep them together?
    Join Libby and Josie as they journey on one of the infamous orphan trains in 1896 from New York City to the Midwest in search of a forever family and a piece of the American dream.
    Part of the Tales from American HerStory series featuring female protagonists, this book shares the story of one little girl, who, like a quarter million young American orphans at the end of the 19th century, traveled west in hopes of finding a new family.”
    Please let me know if you’d be interested and I’ll get a copy to you! Thank you for your time and effort.
    🙂 Lisa Gammon Olson


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