Pompeii...Buried Alive! (Step into Reading)

by Edith Kunhardt Davis

Paperback, 1987



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Random House Books for Young Readers (1987), Paperback, 48 pages


A simple retelling of the fateful days in 79 A.D. when Mt. Vesuvius erupted and the people in the ancient town of Pompeii perished.

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Physical description

48 p.; 9.16 inches


0394888669 / 9780394888668



User reviews

LibraryThing member Fjola
This must be one of the best early readers around, at least if your kid is scientifically oriented. My son is totally fascinated by this book, it's such an amazing story. The pictures are really helpful for understanding what happened.
LibraryThing member kk903148
"Pompeii Buried Alive!" tells how the ancient city of Pompeii was buried under the outcome of a huge volcano. Pompeii rested at the bottom of the massive volcano called Vesuvius. The entire town was unaware that the mountain that they lived under and loved. The town went on with their everyday routines when all of sudden the ground started shaking and the sky became dark and full of ash. The ash covered the entire town and that included the people that were not able to escape so they were buried underneath the ash. Years later while some men were digging for water they found pieces of a wall. Years later more of the city was discovered. Today people are able to walk the cities streets.

Personal Views:
I love how the story is able to tell such a historic place and time. It allow children to grasp the general idea of Pompeii.

1. Do further research to go over with the students.
2. Create a volcano model to show the students how a volcano works
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LibraryThing member kkerns3
Summary: This is a story about the town of Pompeii and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It begins by talking about the setting of the town and how the people of Pompeii go about their daily lives. The author focuses on how the people were at the market, town square,and bath house. She mentioned one specific family who lived in a large house with servants. Then the ground began to shake and the top of the mountain blew off releasing a large cloud of dust an ash. The people of Pompeii tried to escape by running into their homes or out of the city. Some of them were able to leave on boats despite the rough seas. People became trapped under the hot ash and were buried alive. Years later people began to uncover pieces of the town and they were slowly able to understand what happened to the town of Pompeii.

Review: The content of this story was good but I did not like how it was written. I thought that the story might have some more factual information about the town and the volcano. Pictures of the remains they have found in recent years would have added a lot to the story. I think I was expecting the story to be more focused on what has happened since Pompeii but it was written more as a story about fictional people who lived in Pompeii. I do like that this story is appropriate for younger students because I feel like there are not many books about this topic for young readers.
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