Pompeii…Buried Alive!

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

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About this book

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


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.


Great for young children. My kids love it.


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.


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.

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.

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.


A great introduction to Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius for elementary kids.

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.


I like this book because it's a good book. I like this book because it tells about Pompeii before the volcano erupted. I like this book because it's interesting.


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



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.

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.

Nicola Mansfield

The last "classic" I'm reviewing in this series, was written the same year as Titanic ... Lost and Found. These easy readers often go out of print very quickly and it says much when one can keep in print for well over twenty years. Pompeii tells the story of the fateful day that Mount Vesuvius erupted from the perspective of what it must have been like to have seen what was happening had you been there. A detailed, gripping story that captures the imagination and could possibly send the reader into further exploration of the topic. Even more intriguing is the jump ahead in time to when Pompeii has been buried and forgotten and Pliny's writings are being read then builders discover walls in the ground. Eventually more of buried Pompeii is unearthed and a full-scale archaeological dig is underway. The book explains this process until it reaches the historical, museum-like, tourist site, we have today. The book ends warning that Vesuvius could erupt again at any time. Due to the age of the book I checked the current information on this and found a very recent article, Sept. 2013, in which Japanese scientists presented to a volcano conference in Italy that Vesuvius "could erupt again at any time" and the Italian government must have a suitable disaster plan drawn up. So the books information is still very current up to today. The only problem I have with this easy reader is that the writing is not quite as good as the previous ones I've recommended as it does talk down to the reader in a way that could easily have been avoided.

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