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The Children's Blizzard

Laskin, David (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Children's Blizzard

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Authors: Laskin, David, 1953-
Title: The children's blizzard
Publisher: New York :, HarperCollinsPublishers,, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: ix, 307 p. :,map ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: David Laskin
ISBN: 0060520752
Branch Call Number: 977 L345c 2004
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Report This Jul 12, 2012
  • Logovore rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A comment on the hubris of people in the 19th Century (mirrored by the hubris of people in this one) when it came to nature and the weather. And it just goes to show how one miscalculation can have unforeseen and tragic consequences.

I wonder whether this is the same blizzard Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about....

Report This Oct 06, 2011
  • floy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book was interesting to me because I was unfamiliar with the horrendous blizzard that hit Nebraska, the Dakotas and Minnesota in 1888. I appreciate the research the author did to educate the rest of us. However, since I am not interested in the intricacies of weather, some of the chapters were not interesting to me. I appreciated the human interest stories but because the author kept jumping from one story to another and back again, I had a hard time remembering who was who sometimes. And I was puzzled and saddened by the lack of any reporting of the Native American population and how the blizzard affected them. However any reader will be affected by the grief and mourning that accompanied the blizzard of 1888.

Report This Apr 18, 2011
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin is a fascinating book about a powerful, freak blizzard that occurred in the upper Midwest of America on January 12, 1888. I found this an extremely moving, well researched book that caught and held my attention from cover to cover. The author follows a few families that settled in this area that encompassed the Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. Giving us the history and background of these families made what they endured through this blizzard all the more touching. Striking quickly and deadly, the blizzard became known as the Children’s Blizzard as so many school children were caught up in it. Either being stranded at school with their teachers or being sent out to find their way home. What happened to these children is both heart rending and, at times, miraculous. Details on the scientific background of weather forecasting is given in simple terms which I found readable and helped to move the story forward. I was surprised at the knowledge that they did have in the 1880’s, but with a storm that approached so rapidly and was so severe, there really appeared to be little the Weather Bureau could do. Of course, that didn’t appear to stop a certain amount of fact spinning in the days immediately after this tragedy. An interesting book that once more gives proof that nature should always be respected and when dealing with weather, it’s better to err on the side of caution.


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