- Age Range: 7 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 4
- Lexile Measure: 340L (What's this?)
- Series: Step into Reading
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 12, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394888669
- ISBN-13: 978-0394888668
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pompeii -- Buried Alive! (Step into Reading) Paperback – October 12, 1987
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Kindergarten-Grade 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 .
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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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I've enjoyed the Step Into Reading series as it has been a DK light for some interesting topics, sort of like a mini-encyclopedia on the topic with good pics that is appropriate for a wide range of ages.
But this is a story that has to be read, and it is a scary story for little people. However, the facts and details are presented in a "baby" form that will not appeal to an older child who is curious about the science.
I afterschool tutor and stock my shelves with quick reference books, but sadly, this book will collect dust on my shelf or be tossed in the bin. This is NOT a good reference for chilidren for Pompeii.
Besides teaching the kids history and a bit on volcanoes, the book is a good conversation starter on the Roman empire, volcanoes, living in a dangerous area (like San Francisco) and slavery. The school likes to make my kid read Clifford the red dog and similar happy but slightly nonsense stories. I like that this book gives the kids a chance to reflect on how their life is compared to the people of Pompeii. Why were people willing to take the risk of living on a volcano? YES - we read it a lot
Being a former children's librarian, I know little people like the real fact's not just stories. Even reluctant reader will listen to a book filled with facts about the subject they love. It was the right answer to many questions
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It has been read to her many times.