EARTHQUAKE by Milly Lee

EARTHQUAKE

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Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Early on the morning of April 18, 1906, an earthquake shook the city of San Francisco, collapsing buildings and igniting fires that raged for days. In the straightforward words of the girl who was her mother, Lee (Nim and the War Effort, 1997) tells the story. Her family—grandmother, parents, and brothers—were thrown from their beds in San Francisco’s Chinatown that morning, and quickly packed not only food and clothing but also the precious portraits of their ancestors and the statue of the Goddess of Mercy Kwan Yin. They loaded a cart and pushed and pulled it through the city to Golden Gate Park. (Lee explains that the bound feet of mother and grandmother made it impossible for them to walk very far.) There, from tents, they watched the city burn. The illustrations’ sculptured forms and geometric shapes make a pattern of stability against dark vistas of smoke, fire, and destruction. The strength of the figures stands in contrast to the fear and hunger the child describes, enabling young readers to take in the scene and still find reassurance and comfort. A good way to introduce the youngest of readers to a calamitous event. (author’s note) (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 2nd, 2001
ISBN: 0-374-39964-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2001




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