The Dust Bowl Years of Abigail Brubaker
by Mike Blanc
Pub Date 01 Jun 2016
Cimarron Girl: The Dust Bowl Years of Abigail Brubaker is a fictional recollection of young Abigail’s experiences on the family’s Oklahoma prairie farm, located in Cimarron, the heart of the Dust Bowl. Abby’s first-person account chronicles key episodes each year as the depth of the drought unfolds. As she grows, personal perspectives are woven from actual events. Readers experience the challenges, sacrifices, and dreams of farmers, whose story of loss was echoed by the millions. The Brubakers struggle to hold on to their family farm, face harsh realities, and hope for a new start in California. A journey across the Southwest over legendary Route 66 carries adventure, a chance meeting, and peels back several layers of the Great Migration.
Cimarron Girl reflects Dust Bowl history, but moreover, it’s a story about family. When challenges are faced, virtues are to be lived. Courage, fortitude, and kindness are underlying themes at the soft heart of Cimarron Girl. Net profits from Cimarron Girl will support the Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis. Oak Clinic’s singular mission is to treat and empower individuals and families living with multiple sclerosis, regardless of their ability to pay.
A Note From the Publisher
Teaches children about one of the worst disasters in American history – the Dust Bowl years.
Includes a brief Dust Bowl timeline and 2 pages of authentic photographs from the Library of Congress, commissioned by the United States Farm Security administration.
Connects with current events, particularly the present drought conditions in the western United States.
Connects with the subject and politics of immigration and a migrant labor force, presenting aspects of the Great Migration into California.
In the closing, summarizes the ecological and political conditions that perpetuated the dust storms with deference to the importance of land conservation, particularly for the Great Plains.
Inspires virtue under difficult conditions and strikes a chord against the discrimination of those who are downtrodden or simply different.
Promotes the qualities of hard work, charity, faithfulness, and perseverance.
Is realistically illustrated in predominately red-tone drawings and color wash.