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Pompeii ... Buried Alive!: (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 4 Book)

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Illus. in full color. "The drama of natural disasters provides prime material to entice young independent readers. In this volume, the account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius describes village life 2,000 years ago, the eruption itself and its aftermath, and the excitement when the buried town is rediscovered centuries later. A lively and factual glimpse of a devastating moment in history, in an accessible, attractive package."—Publishers Weekly.  

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Illus. in full color. "The drama of natural disasters provides prime material to entice young independent readers. In this volume, the account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius describes village life 2,000 years ago, the eruption itself and its aftermath, and the excitement when the buried town is rediscovered centuries later. A lively and factual glimpse of a devastating moment in history, in an accessible, attractive package."—Publishers Weekly.  

A simple retelling of the fateful days in 79 A.D. when Mt. Vesuvius erupted and the people in the ancient town of Pompeii perished.

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K-Gr 3 A flawed attempt at conveying a complex historical subject to inexperienced readers. Information about Pompeii is conveyed in one long narrative arbitrarily divided into three chapters. There is a brief description of what a volcano is and how it works, followed by a fictionalized account of what the people in Pompeii were doing on the day of the eruption and what happened to the inhabitants when Vesuvius blew up. The final chapter gives some information about the rediscovery of Pompeii and its excavation by archaeologists. In an attempt to simplify the ideas in the book, Kunhardt has oversimplified the prose. Sentences are choppyalmost joltingand reminiscent of a basal reader. Pronunciation guides are given in the text in a jarring manner: ``These pictures are called mosaics. Say: mo-ZAY-iks.'' The cartoonlike illustrations are colorful and attractive, but they are not clearly drawn or labeled. This book doesn't work as a picture book or as nonfiction. Libraries would do better to wait for better quality easy history books to come along. Ellen Loughran, Brooklyn Public Lib .
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    helpful for young children studying world history

    This "Step Into Reading" for level 3 is a simple retelling for beginning readers of the fateful days in A. D. 79 when Mt. Vesuvius erupted and the people in the ancient town of Pompeii perished. There are three chapters which discuss "The Sleeping Giant" and the peaceful days before the eruption, "The Giant Wakes Up" and the terrifying events of the eruption itself, and "Buried Alive" about the aftermath of the eruption, the fact that the historian Pliny saw it and wrote about it, and the archaeological findings at the site. There are a couple of references to the pagan "gods" to which the people prayed, but then Rome was still primarily a pagan society at that time. The book would be helpful for young children to use in a literature based study of world history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2001

    'Outstanding... marvelous'

    This book was a hit on my part of reading about earthquakes.

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