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Earthquake by Milly Lee


by Milly Lee

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The earthquake takes readers through the author's mother's experience of living through the San Francisco earthquake/fire in 1906. Milly shows us through beautiful illustrations and simple yet to the point writing the emotions and sights her mother experienced. A great story to share with young children in social studies class. ( )
  AleciaDesselle | Jan 22, 2014 |
1906 San Franscisco Earthquake from a survivor's viewpoint
  MGraysonk12 | Apr 11, 2013 |
In "Earthquake" readers will learn what it feels like to live through a natural disaster...through the confusion, the dirt, and the fear. Author Millie Lee based this story on her mother's own experiences during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Told in the first person, the narrator describes the actions her family took to travel from Chinatown to the safety of Golden Gate Park. The narrator had to dress in extra clothing and her grandmother frantically packed holy objects along with food and bedding. Illustrations by Yangsook Choi are dark and brooding at first and then lighten up when the family leaves behind the smoke and rubble the earthquake caused. Students will learn about one of California's greatest natural disasters by reading this engaging picture book. ( )
  odonnell | Jul 16, 2010 |
This is a fictional story based on true events of the author's mother experienced. The illustrations are dark and detailed, done in oil paints. The content of this story is about a little Chinese American girl who was living in Chinatown when one of the greatest earthquakes ravaged San Fransisco in 1906. The family was forced to pake up their belongings and leave their home. They had to take refuge in Golden Gate Park. The reading level for this book is from first to third grade. Some curricular connections could be earthquakes, San Fransisco, and historical fiction.
  eakoepke | Mar 11, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374419469, Paperback)

This morning the earth shook
and threw us from our beds.
We were not hurt, just stunned.
Drawers spilled, dishes crashed,
pots and pans clanged as
they fell.
Ancestral portraits flew off
the walls.

Milly Lee's mother was eight years old in 1906, when San Francisco was shaken by a powerful earthquake. Buildings fell, fires flared, and the city burned for several days.

This is the stirring story of one Chinese American family who had to leave their home in Chinatown on that early morning to join hundreds of other refugees making their way to safety.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:32 -0400)

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A young Chinese-American girl and her family move their belongings from their home in Chinatown to the safety of Golden Gate Park during the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

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