Study Guide

Out of the Dust Chapter 23

By Karen Hesse

Chapter 23

Apple Blossoms

  • In spite of what Daddy might think, Ma does actually know a thing or two about growing stuff—she planted two apple trees before Billie Jo was born and has continued to care for and nurture them through the drought's hard conditions.
  • Billie Jo loves both the sight and smell of the trees, not just because of their beautiful flowers, but because of her mother's hard work in raising them up.