In the early morning on April 18, 1906, a terrible earthquake struck San Francisco, California. Lizzie Newton, who had been staying with her grandmother, woke up frightened but unhurt. She helped her injured grandmother out of the apartment building. People across the city left their homes for fear that the buildings might collapse.
After Lizzie's grandmother was taken to the hospital, ten-year-old Lizzie was on her own. She had to make her way to her parents without any help. Could she find them Would they be all right
In the back of this book, you'll find a script and instructions for putting on a reader's theater performance of this adventure. At our companion websitewww.historyspeaksbooks.comyou can download additional copies of the script plus sound effects, background images, and more ideas that will help make your reader's theater performance a success.
|Publisher:||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Series:||History Speaks: Picture Books Plus Reader's Theater Series|
|Product dimensions:||7.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Lexile:||410L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||8 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Stephen Krensky did not have the kind of childhood anyone would choose to write books about. It was happy and uneventful, with only the occasional bump in the night to keep him on his toes.
He started writing at Hamilton College in upstate New York where he graduated in 1975. His first book, A Big Day for Scepters, was published in 1977, and he has now written over 100 fiction and nonfiction children's booksincluding novels, picture books, easy readers, and biographies. Mr. Krensky and his family live in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Jeremy Tugeau graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in illustration. He has illustrated 11 other children's books including Writing Mysteries, Movies, Monster Stories and More (Millbrook Press) and Jingle Bell Sleigh (Grossett and Dunlap). He lives in Cleveland with his wife and baby daughter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ten-year-old Lizzie Norton awoke with a start and sat up in bed. She had been dreaming that she was on a train that was lurching up and down on its tracks, yet all the while the shaking was real. Her eyes widened in the darkness of the morning. She ran to her Grammy's room only to find her injured and covered with plaster. It was not safe inside so they hurriedly put on some clothes and went into the streets of San Francisco where a horrible scene of destruction awaited them. Many of the buildings "lay crumbled in heaps," while flames leapt from the rooftops of others. People were frantically trying to leave the city. Lizzie was afraid and didn't know quite what to do, but when "an ambulance wagon came clattering down the street," she hailed it. As Grammy boarded the ambulance, she told Lizzie to go home. She soon was on foot headed for home. The aftershocks were frightening and startling "cracks and holes were still opening near Lizzie's feet." She spotted firemen digging through piles of bricks. She could hear the cries of people beneath the rubble as the men struggled to save them. The fires were rampant, communication was nonexistent, and the water pipes had burst. They encouraged Lizzie to head for home, but when she arrived, her house too had been partially destroyed. She had to keep moving on to St. Francis in Union Square. Would she find her parents when she got there? Would she even survive the trek? This is a stunningly realistic, fictionalized portrait of Lizzie, a young girl who survived the San Francisco Earthquake. The storyline is exciting and even the most reluctant reader will strive to reach the end of the book to find out what happened to young Lizzie. The full color, full page artwork captures the essence of the horrifying event and subtly conveys a lot of information the text does not discuss. For example, in a street scene we see cracks in the earth, people clustered in groups, while others have gathered up some of their belongings and are escaping on foot or in a horse drawn wagon. This edition introduces the student to Reader's Theater. It gives full instructions on how a performance goes, what to do before, and after the production. The eight-page script can be reproduced for the six performers. A link to the sound effects is given. Quill says: Undoubtedly, this amazing book would be a unique, fun, highly educational way to introduce your classroom to Reader's Theater!