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I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 (I Survived #11) (11) Paperback – Illustrated, February 24, 2015
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About the Author
- Lexile measure : 730L
- Grade level : 2 - 5
- ISBN-10 : 0545658462
- ISBN-13 : 978-0545658461
- Paperback : 112 pages
- Item Weight : 2.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
- Publisher : Scholastic Inc.; Illustrated edition (February 24, 2015)
- Reading level : 7 - 10 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thank me after you read the first one. They are all fantastic!
The stories are always about a kid (usually 11yo) who lives through historical disasters, and we learn about those disasters through his/her eyes.
The tales are well-written and include facts- as well as historical fiction to hold the audience’s attention.
They are exciting and sad; gripping and profound; tragic and heartwarming. You can always count on the main kid-character surviving...but not always the other people in the story.
Your child and you will certainly come away with the intended morals:
*War is Hell. (D day, Pearl Harbor, Gettysburg, American Revolution, Civil War etc)
*People can be evil: (Hitler, 9/11, maybe in a few years, Trump will be a subject of one of her books)
*The newest inventions aren’t always the best: (Titanic, Hindenburg)
Don’t turn your back on nature: (Tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, fires, floods)
Animals are wild; don’t turn your back on them either:: (sharks, grizzlies)
And molasses is...well. We are reading that one next.
Really can not recommend enough.
It’s a gripping tale of tragedy and triumph, and the urban legend of an annoyed cow kicking over a lantern to start the blaze adds to the drama. In any hands, the telling of this story should be an easy one. Author Lauren Tarshis, however, takes a fast-paced historical tale of survival and renewal and turns it into a mashed-up romance story. In between the main character’s mother finding her true love – which prompts their move to the great city - Oscar, her son, finds his true love amid the flying embers as the city burns.
The symbolism is cheap and, frankly, disturbing and distracting. The 3rd graders I read this to were confused by this plot contrivances, which also features thieving street urchins, gunslingers and outlaws, and domestic violence. She manages to bury the most compelling character of the story - the fire - in a pile of soot. Our first experience with the “I Survived” series was disappointing. I highly recommend Jim Murphy’s Newberry Honor book, " The Great Fire ,” instead.