Study Guide

Out of the Dust Chapter 24

By Karen Hesse

Chapter 24

World War

  • Ever wonder why Daddy's so tough? We sure have, and the fact that he fought in France in World War I when he was just seventeen pretty much explains it.
  • He doesn't talk about it much, but his most vivid memory from the war is of the poppies that grew along the paths and covered dead soldiers' graves—in spite of how badly the war ravaged the land, the flowers still grew.
  • Billie Jo wishes there could be poppies in their dry soil.