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Escape from Pompeii Paperback – 1 Apr 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; New Ed edition (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845070593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845070595
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 0.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"On the hillside overlooking the sparkling bay of Naples, the Roman city of Pompeii glimmered in the sunlight. From his window, young Tranio listened to the noise humming from bars, taverns, and shops around him . . . Beyond the massive city walls he could see Pompeii's greatest protector looming in the distance. They called it Vesuvius, the Gentle Mountain."
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About the Author

Christina Balit was born in Manchester but grew up in the Middle East. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and also attended Morley Theatre School and Questors Theatre School. She has exhibited widely and is also a playwright. Her books have won several nominations, commendations and a shortlist place for the Kate Greenway Medal. Kingdom of the Sun (written by Jaqueline Mitton), won the 2002 English Association Award for non-fiction.

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I used this when teaching about Pompeii to a group of year 2s and 3s. We used it as inspiration for our own volcano stories. Although the ending is sad, the children related to it well and were quite glad it was realistic. The language used was great and ticked off speech punctuation, prepositional phrases and noun phrases. I would recommend this book to teachers and children interested in the Romans. My class took the song from the story and turned it into a playground chant so it has definitely stuck with them!
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A useful book for me, just what was required
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I lost my first copy of this book and still feel that a colleague saw it and wanted it for themselves. However, I bought a new copy to use with my new class. It is great in explaining the daily life of Romans from a kids point of view, and to offer a view point about the disaster. So many schemes recommend that the children write newspaper articles about such events. This offers a way into the story and offers information that they can use as if they were eye-witnesses themselves. Also contains great art ideas to use in Art lessons, especially its use of colour and pattern.
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Christina Balit is an illustrator of beautiful children's books, two of her others have been nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway medal. Telling the story of how Tranio and his friend Livia escape from the volcanic eruption at Pompeii, this is a glorious book with stylised illustrations in richly antique colours. They vividly evoke the style of frescoes from Pompeii and other ancient sites.

Apart from this being a wonderful book to own in its own right, it would also be a great addition in a primary classroom when they are studying the Romans. Lots of teachers choose to read Caroline Lawrence's Roman Mysteries to their classes and this would be a fabulous complement to that, letting children see what happened, and the story is enhanced by the illustrations to make a rich sensory experience. There's a map at the end to show where the events took place.
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A superb book with marvellous illustrations. I bought it to use with my year three class and it was worth every penny. A good way of talking abut Volcanoes. The story about Tranio and Liva help most of my literacy lessons this half term.
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Bought this book for my 8 year old son to read to him before our trip to see Pompeii. This is a really beautiful book with wonderful pictures. My son and I both really enjoyed this book. Would recommend.
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A great book for year 4 learning about Romans, beautifully illustrated.
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I used this book to base my lessons on for stories with historical settings. The children loved the theme and loved finding out about Pompeii. The story is just the right length too.
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