The Children's Blizzard

  • by David Laskin
  • Narrated by Paul Woodson
  • 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 afternoon, without warning, the atmosphere suddenly, violently changed. One moment the air was calm; the next the sky exploded in a raging chaos of horizontal snow and hurricane-force winds. Temperatures plunged as an unprecedented cold front ripped through the center of the continent.
By Friday morning, January 13, some 500 people lay dead on the drifted prairie, many of them children who had perished on their way home from country schools. In a few terrifying hours, the hopes of the pioneers had been blasted by the bitter realities of their harsh environment. Recent immigrants from Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Ukraine learned that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood nor controlled.


What the Critics Say

"A gripping story, well told." (School Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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Better breath control needed.

Liked the book. The narrator constantly ran out of breath at the end of sentences.
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- Tom

True Account of 1888 Prairie Blizzard

This book is very well researched and the first third of it includes much information about settlement of the American mid-west and the gathering of meteorological data and weather forecasting at that time. This was so well written that it managed to hold my interest but if you prefer to skim over those chapters, the historical stories of the January 12, 1888 devastating blizzard (and its aftermath) begin with chapter 5 entitled "Cold Front". There are many human interest tales revealed of children and/or adults desperately trying to just get home through zero visibility, high winds, freezing temperatures and stinging snow! It's an unforgettable, spellbinding read.
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- Mary Burnight

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio