If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake

If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake

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by Ellen Levine, Pat Grant Porter, Richard Williams
     
 

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If you lived at the time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake
--What things in your house would you try to save?
--How would you carry the things you saved?
--Where would you live if your house was destroyed?

This book takes you to San Francisco, California, shortly before, during, and after April 18, 1906.

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If you lived at the time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake
--What things in your house would you try to save?
--How would you carry the things you saved?
--Where would you live if your house was destroyed?

This book takes you to San Francisco, California, shortly before, during, and after April 18, 1906.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
Most people have no idea what life would be like in a city after a major earthquake. Ellen Levine describes San Francisco after the devastating earthquake in April 1906. She outlines changes in practically every aspect of life—from obtaining and cooking food to clothing. Most residents fled their burning homes in whatever they happened to be wearing that morning. Although San Francisco is surrounded by water on three sides, fire destroyed many homes because the fire department had no water to fight the blazes. Hospitals were also destroyed. Babies were born without medical attention on streets, in doorways, in parks, and wherever the mother happened to be. People cooked on the streets using makeshift ovens made of rocks and bricks. Children, looking at what neighbors were cooking, were sometimes treated to a sample. Green shacks with one or more rooms were built in parks. When the emergency was over, some people were allowed to take the shacks away if they had a way to move them. The post office was the first government department to resume service. No stamps were required, just the address, and the "letter" could be of any material, including wood and fabric. Most people had no paper. San Francisco is to be commended for getting up and running so quickly. Just nine years after the quake, the city invited the world to a notable World's Fair. The book's factual information will make this a find for Standards of Learning and other student tests.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590451574
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/1992
Series:
If You.
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
271,113
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


How did people escape on the Underground Railroad? What was it like to land on Ellis Island?How did it feel to travel the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon? Ellen Levine has revealed worldsof fascinating adventure with her nonfiction books for young readers.

Although Ellen Levine enjoys reading and writing fiction, most of her books for young readershave been nonfiction. “Writing nonfiction lets me in behind the scenes of the story. I enjoylearning new things and meeting new people, even if they lived 200 years ago.”

“Real heroes,” Levine says, “aren't necessarily on TV or in the news. They can be ordinarypeople who are willing to take risks for causes they believe in. Nonfiction offers a way tointroduce young readers to real people who have shown tremendous courage, even when facedwith great danger. All of us have the potential. And one doesn't have to be a grown-up,” sheadds.

When she's not writing, Levine likes to share the excitement of research and the importance ofaccuracy with young readers. “Many young people think research is dull; you go to anencyclopedia, copy information, give it a title, and call it a report.” Using her books asexamples, Ellen explains how to get other, more interesting information. “I may not mention theexact words, but I talk to young people about primary and secondary sources. If I'm speakingwith third graders, I ask them, 'Where would I go if I wanted to find out what it's like to be athird grader?' Most will say, 'Read a book.' But when they say, 'Ask a third grader,' I knowthey've understood what I mean by a primary source of inspiration.”

For If You Were an Animal Doctor, for example, Ellen witnessed an emergency operation on acow. While doing research in Wyoming for Ready, Aim, Fire!, her biography of Annie Oakley,she got to hold the gun Ms. Oakley is believed to have shot in the presence of the Queen ofEngland. “It gave me such a strong feeling about this person,” she says. “That's part of research,too.”

Ellen Levine is the author of many acclaimed books, both fiction and nonfiction. Among them:If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon, If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island, I Hate English!, If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King, and Secret Missions. Her recent book, Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories, was named one of the Ten Best Children's Books of the Year by The New York Times, and Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association.

Ellen divides her time between New York City and Salem, New York.

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If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LaReinaDePop More than 1 year ago
It taught History. It was very educational, and there were many words. ***This review was written by my 10 yr. old son, who the book was bought for & chosen by.***