The Schoolhouse Blizzard

by Shannen Yauger

Great book, based on a true story!

5.0 rating
January 21, 2021

All five kids, ages 6-14, gathered around for this beautiful historical fiction read aloud. My kids made connections between this book and The Little House series and we’re excited and relieved that the children were safe in the storm.

Danielle B

A Cold Story with a Warm Ending

5.0 rating
December 11, 2020

What an awful blizzard, and what a miracle it was that Miss Penny was able to lead her school children to safety! Bless her and that couple in the farmhouse for saving the day!

Ann M.


5.0 rating
December 9, 2020

I love historical fiction and this is a beautifully engaging story about a true event in the past. It is appropriate for all ages with lovely pictures and descriptive language.

Linda L

Intriguing story

5.0 rating
December 3, 2020

My kids and I enjoyed this story and it provoked some great conversation. My oldest was making connections with other accounts of the same storm, my younger kids were talking about what it would be like to be in a situation like this. It was a win for all of us!

Mackenzie S
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Picture Book for All Ages

On January 12, 1888, Tommy and Carrie Carter start their day like any other school day. As they work their sums, practice reading, and enjoy their friends, a major blizzard is brewing. When the storm suddenly hits their small Nebraska town, all the children are caught in the schoolhouse! As the schoolhouse begins to fall apart, their teacher, Miss Penny, only has two choices for herself and the fifteen scared children: stay in the schoolhouse and freeze or brave the storm on foot to find warmth and safety.

32 pages, full-color, 11″X8.5″

This book is an optional read-aloud for our Meteorology Science Unit.

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