I Survived Collector's Toolbox (I Survived) Paperback – August 25, 2015
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The titles in this set are:
The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
The Nazi Invasion, 1944
The Japanese Tsunami, 2011
The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863
The Attacks of September 11, 2001
The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
Hurricane Katrina, 2005
The Shark Attacks of 1916
The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
The toolbox is a series of short (100 pages or less) novels that depict a young hero who survives an actual historical disaster. The chapters are short, usually only a few pages long, so it makes it easy for a child to proclaim “I finished 8 chapters today". They say the books are designed for readers up to age 12, but I feel that they would be too easy for older children. I also liked that the tragic events (including 9/11) are handled delicately. Some may think that death and tragedy are not suitable for youngsters, but honestly after finishing one of these books you are left with more of a sense of hope, admiration, and resilience.
One suggestion for other parents (this worked for us), to totally immerse your child in that historic period, you should also read the book and talk about some of the events and curiosities in the book. An example is, during the book "I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916" a statement was made by one of the characters that "Everyone knows that sharks are harmless. They are just trying to sell newspapers." which led us to do a google search to see if people back then could possibly believe that sharks were harmless in that era.
Another plus to this series is the author's discussion at the end of each book. Especially appreciated was the discussion on 9/11, and how she ended the story.
The set comes in a sturdy box with a handle and clasp. It also has a survival tool, a combo whistle, flashlight, and compass. The books in this set are : I Survived The Attack of 9-11, 2001 The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 Hurricane Katrina, 2005 The Shark Attacks of 1916 The Destruction of Pompeii, A.D 79 The Nazi Invasion, 1944 The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 The Japanese Tsunami, 2011 The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
I am very pleased with this set and would definitely recommend it to others.
No disclosure needed - I am a “reviewer” of Amazon products and often get things at a discount, however this item I have bought at FULL price for my own personal use. Thank you for reading my review!
It comes with 10 books and a flashlight that has a compass on it. The books are placed in a really cool metal box. I am now going to get the entire series of these.
Top international reviews
Great gift for 10 year old boys!
Good book, Mychild likes it very much!