Hill of Fire (I Can Read Level 3)

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Every day was the same for Pablo's father. He woke up early every morning and ate the same thing for breakfast. Then he went to his field. Every night he was very tired. "Nothing ever happens," he said.

Then one day it was different. Something happened to Pablo and his father that had never before happened to two people anywhere in the world: a hill of fire began to grow in their cornfield.

For beginning readers, here is the exciting story of Paricutin, the volcano that erupted in Mexico in 1943. It is also the story of the brave and proud villagers who survived the catastrophe. Joan Sandin's magnificent illustrations were sketched at the volcano site.

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Joan Sandin is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including the "I Can Read" books Small Wolf, written by Nathaniel Benchley, Snowshoe Thompson, written by Nancy Smiler Levinson, and her own The Long Way Westward and The Long Way to a New Land. Ms. Sandin lives in Tucson, AZ.

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K-Gr 3–Thomas Lewis's beginning reader (HarperCollins, 1971) is based on actual accounts of the 1943 eruption of the Paricutin volcano in Mexico. Pablo's father, a farmer, has grown bored with his daily routine. One day, shortly after the boy arrives in the field to assist his father and their ox with the plowing, the volcano begins to erupt in the middle of the cornfield. Their village becomes covered with lava and rock, and Pablo's family and the other villagers must relocate and rebuild. With the smoldering volcano called “El Monstruo,” or “The Monster,” in the distance, life continues much as before. Brian Amador's narration and Spanish intonations add authenticity to the tale and bring the setting and the characters to life. Gentle guitar strumming and subtle sound effects set the mood. Page-turn signals are optional. Listeners will be drawn into the story.–Cathie Bashaw Morton, Millbrook Central School District, NYα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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