If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquakeby Ellen Levine
This book takes you to San Francisco, California, shortly before, during, and after April 18, 1906. What would you have done when the quake struck?
Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaroMost 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 lifefrom 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.
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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.***