Pompeii…Buried Alive!

ISBN: 0394888669
ISBN 13: 9780394888668
By: Edith Kunhardt Davis Kunhardt

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Illus. in full color. "The drama of natural disasters provides prime material to entice young independent readers. In this volume, the account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius describes village life 2,000 years ago, the eruption itself and its aftermath, and the excitement when the buried town is rediscovered centuries later. A lively and factual glimpse of a devastating moment in history, in an accessible, attractive package."--Publishers Weekly.  

Reader's Thoughts


The engaging title of this book matches the quality of information that the book presented.Students in intermediate levels will enjoy this informational text because it offers detailed illustrations and diagrams of the unfortunate event in Pompeii. The book begins with historical facts about the incidents. Then, it describes what daily life was like for the people of Pompeii. The book illustrates people shopping in markets, accomplishing daily chores, and doing otherroutine tasks. In 50 pages the book explains how the unexpected eruption of the volcano buried the community of Pompeii. It shows the works of a volcano in a detailed diagram. It also maps out the area and shows how deep it was buried. In the end, the book allows readers to see how today advances will help cities and communities to better plan for events like these.This book is good to use in classrooms when teaching about historical events. It offers good illustrations and diagrams that make learning about Pompeii easier. This informational text allows students to learn about early life in Rome; it also allows them to see the rediscovery of Pompeii. It lets students explore the new technological advances and tools that have been created over time that help prepare for these occurrences. This book presents factual information of this significant period through thorough illustrations and story like style that will quickly catch the attention of it readers.




Oh man, I read this book so many times back in 4th grade. It was quick, and I basically wanted to memorize everything the book was saying. Learning those facts at that age is challenging to 100% fully grasp, but it stays with you and you can expand your knowledge as you get older and read/learn more advanced facts and details about Pompeii. It was nice having the basic background knowledge. If I recall correctly there were pictures of actual Pompeii and the poor victims preserved in ash. Very basic and very cool. Definitely an early reader book.

Cheryl Kays

This is a wonderfully illustrated book about Pompeii. Students will enjoy this informational text and remain engaged throughout learning about this awful disaster. Great for third and fourth graders learning about natural disasters.


This book is interesting. It shows something which happened in Pompeii (a town in Italy). Pompeii looked peaceful! (I saw in the pictures.) But the mountain was really a volcano. I felt sad and I pitied the people in Pompeii when I learned about what happened when the volcano erupted. The giant was waking up! Everyone began to scream. :( People’s homes were destroyed by the ash which fell from the sky. They had to get out of Pompeii. The ashes fell on Pompeii for two days. Then it was over. Today if a person visits Italy, he or she can go to Pompeii and walk through the streets of this ancient city. I recommend this book to people who like to travel, people who are interested in volcanos, and people who like to learn about history.

Beth Anne

Lots of good information about Pompeii and Vesuvius here. Low stars for the quality of the writing, though it is an "early reader" book, not literature. Emma was fascinated, and the interest came as a result of the Magic treehouse book about Pompeii.


An informational text for students to learn about volcanoes with beautiful pictures. This book talks specifically about the tragedy of Pompeii which is very interesting to elementary school kids and adults alike. Used in a fourth grade class reading corner.

Jebbeh Fahnbulleh

I like this book because the scientists try how to found the town name pompeii and how the vesuvius erupted the town of pompeii the scientists was so excited to found the town name pompeii when the scientists was digging they found some pictures called mosaics and they also found some people who was died. In this book the people of pompeii didn't know that they have a town name pompeii they where busy haveing so much fun they didn't know that some thing terrible was happen in pompeii.One day piny was watching the strange cloud and how the hot ashes and pebbles kell some people in pompeii. when piney was grewing up become a writer he wrote about how volcano buried pompeii. this is the best book ever.


This book has the perfect amount of information for a basic introduction to Pompeii. It covers everything from how the citizens were unaware that Mount Vesuvius was a volcano, to the initial earthquakes, through the various stages of the eruption itself. It then goes on to tell how Pompeii was buried and lost for centuries, and then discusses the rediscovery and the beginnings of the excavation.


My most recent student was so interested in this book, I think he exceeded his reading level in his eagerness to discover all it had to offer! Well written, engaging text with compelling line drawings illuminate Vesuvius' destruction of the ancient town for young readers. We will keep it around for years, though, because even older students with little time can grasp a good summary of events from this title. A home school super star title, highly recommended.


Went to the Pompeii exhibt w/kiddos. MS LOVED it and wanted more so we got this book. My 5 yr. old was totally able to understand and grasp the ennormity of the event.


Quite well-done for one of these leveled readers. Good into. into Pompeii.

Glenn Kennedy

A good story for students to read about volcanoes and their destruction. I remember reading this as a kid and feeling sorry for the city of Pompeii.

Meredith Kaupp

Getting ready for a volcano project, so I'm reading many kids' volcano books. This is a good introduction to the Pompeii story.



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