Mount Vesuvius existed before the dawn of recorded history. By A.D. 79 it stands adjacent to the thriving Roman city of Pompeiidestroyed when the volcano erupts. In modern Italy, the site, near Naples, is excavated by archaeologists and visited by tourists. Fast Forward Books are lots of fun! They transform distant events of history into very real, dramatically vivid experiences for young readers. Each title covers one specific place, then, using a series of handsome color-illustrated two-page spreads, shows that place at different times over many centuries. Tabs on page edges label illustrations with a succession of identifying dates, with the final spread showing the title subject's location as it exists today.