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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WE LOVE IT! EPIC!
Street child is an excellent, inspiring book about a poor Victorian boy who suffered on the grim streets of London. The author, Berlie Doherty, loosely based this book on a heart-warming true story. We have been using this book in Literacy and it helped us learn how hard it was to live as a Victorian, especially on the streets. The words Berlie used went through our...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A year 5 child's review
I didn't really like Street Child. It had some words that I couldn't undestand too well. The main character, Jim Jarvis was a young boy around 7 or 8. He lived with his sisters Emily and Lizzie,and with his Mum at first. the stick man sent them away from their rented room because they didn't pay the rent. Jim was taken to the workhouse. That was the most exciting bit...
Published on 27 Nov. 2009


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WE LOVE IT! EPIC!, 2 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Street Child (Kindle Edition)
Street child is an excellent, inspiring book about a poor Victorian boy who suffered on the grim streets of London. The author, Berlie Doherty, loosely based this book on a heart-warming true story. We have been using this book in Literacy and it helped us learn how hard it was to live as a Victorian, especially on the streets. The words Berlie used went through our brains and exploded like dynamite, motivating us to produce amazing pieces of writing. We more than highly recommend that all schools read this historical, breathtaking book!

By Year 6 St Nicholas C of E School, Elstree
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Year 5 book, 17 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Street Child (Paperback)
I am currently reading this book to my year 5 class to tie in with our Victorians topic where we are looking at the contrasting lives of rich and poor Victorian children. The children are really enjoying the book and so am I! There are a lot of discussion points (such as life in the workhouse and why some children end up on the streets) and it has lent itself to our topic in many ways. The children really enjoy the fact that it is based around the life of a real boy rather than a fictional character and it has introduced Dr Barnardo into our topic too.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review of Street Child, 15 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: Street Child (Paperback)
This is a book based in the Victorian era about a street child called Jim Jarvis.
After losing his mother, Jim finds him-self in the Workhouse.
His life there is wretched even though he has friends, food and shelter. He knows he must escape....
We really enjoyed the book as it is based on real people. It's a book that helps people learning about the Victorians realise that life for children was difficult!
This story made us: laugh, cry, feel scared and happy all in one go which not all books do!
by Lauren and Jake (Avocets Class)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading any age!, 1 Aug. 2013
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Fantastic and well written book, looking forward to sharing it with my class. Loved that it was based in parts of real stories. Worth reading any age!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE, 21 Jan. 2014
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this book is moving, touching , sad , happy scary and lovely i loved it recommended to the age of 9+ ............ HAVE TO READ
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heart breaking, 1 Feb. 2014
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I got this book to read to my class of 8/9 year olds. We have laughed and cried through out and the children learnt a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC BOOK, 9 May 2013
This review is from: Street Child (Kindle Edition)
AMAZING BOOK DEFINITELY WORTH A READ ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS EVER I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT TO YOU AND FREINDS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Street Child, 13 July 2010
This review is from: Street Child (Essential Modern Classics) (Paperback)
I shared this book with year 3/4 while learning about the Victorians in our history topic. Most of the children loved this story because it explained the life of a Victorian child through the eyes of a real child's life experiences. My class particularly enjoyed this story because it was based on a true life story. Jessica particularly enjoyed comparing the life of Victorian children with that of our own life. Rebecca really enjoyed the fact that so many of the chapters ended on cliffhangers and kept the children gripped to this exciting story. Daniel was impressed by how much he learnt about the Victorians from this one book. Bartak appreciated the use imaginiative description including lots of adjectives,adverbs and similis. Thomas commented upon how easy this story was to follow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Class review - Year 5 Cooper and Jordan, Hannah Fishwick and Joe Hughes, 13 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Street Child (Essential Modern Classics) (Paperback)
We thought that this book was going to be boring, as we all like silly and action packed stories! However, this story was, infact, very exciting and action packed.Our favourite part of the story, was when Jim was running away from Grimy Nick and Snipe, because everyone was on the edge of their seat.We were all thinking, what was going to happen to Jim? Our favourite character was Shrimps because he was a mischievous and funny chap.He also was a great friend to Jim.We recommend this book as,it is a factual and interesting book.This story is all about a boy trying to fight for survival, as his family is taken away from him and his Mum dies...
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A year 5 child's review, 27 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Street Child (Paperback)
I didn't really like Street Child. It had some words that I couldn't undestand too well. The main character, Jim Jarvis was a young boy around 7 or 8. He lived with his sisters Emily and Lizzie,and with his Mum at first. the stick man sent them away from their rented room because they didn't pay the rent. Jim was taken to the workhouse. That was the most exciting bit really.

If you were learning about the Victorians this book would tie in very well. You could have lots of discussion about this book. You could talk about the characters and their feelings. For example you could write about how Jim felt when he went to the workhouse.

By A, age 10 Chorley.
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