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Two children survive the destruction of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, buried beneath the ashes when nearby Mt. Vesuvius erupted, in this engaging work of picture-book historical fiction. An alert and active boy, Tranio was the son of an actor, and was out and about when the earth in his home city began to tremble. He immediately set out in search of his friend Livia, the baker's daughter, and when the sky turned dark and began to rain down ashes, the two fled to the harbor, where they found...
Great book. My class loved using it as a part of their topic.
This is a sad story, but it's well told and the illustrations are interesting. There was a page of historical background after the main story, which is always nice.
A really good example of a historical fiction book. Class really liked it, pictures are fab and there is some great description and themes you can draw out of the book!
This is a great historical fiction read with wonderful pictures. It is a good way for young readers to learn about a devastating historical event as the book is based on the latest research of the volcanic eruption in Pompeii.
Read this as part of Year 4 literacy class. Great for grammar session - lots of adjectives, adverbials and overall great writing. Ties in well with the Romans topic.
Read it for my topic Natural Disasters😊Sweet little book but didn’t bring anything new to the topic.
A perfect book for cross-curricular links for history, maths and English lessons. Enjoyed reading this to my year 4 class - the suspense had them glued to the story!
Genre: Ancient History/DramatisationChristina Balit's account of Mount Vesuvius' eruption and subsequent destruction of Ancient Roman Pompeii is an exciting and dramatic read accompanied by the most spectacular of illustrations - the eruption itself almost explodes out of the page. This is an interesting combination of fiction and non-fiction: the eruption of course genuinely happened and the remains of Ancient Roman civilisation it preserved beneath the solidified lava and ash are a major sourc...
Great picture book for LKS2.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful.
Informative yet written in the style of a story. A great, engaging way to teach pupils about the past.
Great as a support text if covering Romans.
Very good 😀😃
A thought provoking book which depicts an awful situation in a child friendly way. Lovely illustrations.
Wonderfully written, and very intricate drawings! Gave enough history mixed with storytelling. This is a good one to use in the classroom!
Very enjoyable story. A shame that the roman numerals weren't correct in the illustrations (i think) but I love it and can't wait for the term to start!
Escape From Pompeii is about 25 pages long and has a paragraph or two per page. This story is obviously about the big volcanic eruption and destruction of Pompeii. But what is unique about the book, is that it tells the facts about that event through story of a boy named Tranio. he is a typical citizen of the town and the story points out that earth movement was a part everyday culture to them and it was not taken seriously. There is a sweet girl, Livia, that he is introduced as his friend and t...
Short story about the last day in Pompeii as the volcano blows. I like the ending and the colors used in the detailed illustrations are reminiscent of the color you can still see in the ruins today. Note at the back with history of Pompeii.
Personal Reaction: I liked reading this book and looking at the pictures. The disaster of Pompeii was approached well in this book. "Escape from Pompeii" by Christina Balit is a story about the city of Pompeii and the day that Mount Vesuvius erupted. It has good vocabulary and depicts what life was like in Pompeii. It would be a great book to read aloud to students who are interested in Pompeii or interested in other cultures or historical events.
This is a fictional take on the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius as viewed from two children who were able to escape it. The story begins with what like was like in Pompeii in the first century (as learned from excavation of the ruins hundreds of years later) - games the children would have played, theater, trade, etc. The tragedy is a bit dark for a children's book, but it's a great introduction to archeology and art history.The illustrations are statuesque and appropriate to the story.
This historical fiction picture book is about Pompeii and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Beautiful illustration and well-written text show young readers what it might have been like to live in this ancient Roman city when the giant mountain surprisingly erupted.
Fabulous illustrations to this book and it gave a great sense of the unexpectedness of the eruption of Vesuvius, also the total devastation. Tranio and Livia act as eye-witnesses to the eruption. Plenty of correct detail about the eruption.
This author is really filling a niche in children's historical literature. I can't wait to see if she comes out with more books along this line.
A beautiful picture book to use as part of a volcano topic. My year 3s loved it.
Unique illustrations with an interesting re-telling of the exciting and tragic story of Pompeii.
I think this book is very delist full