Lizzie Newton and the San Francisco Earthquake (History Speaks: Picture Books Plus Reader's Theater)

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In the early morning on April 18, 1906, a terrible earthquake struck San Francisco, California. Lizzie Newton, who had been staying with her grandmother, woke up frightened but unhurt. She helped her injured grandmother out of the apartment building. People across the city left their homes for fear that the buildings might collapse.

After Lizzie’s grandmother was taken to the hospital, ten-year-old Lizzie was on her own. She had to make her way to her parents without any help. Could she find them? Would they be all right?

In the back of this book, you’ll find a script and instructions for putting on a reader’s theater performance of this adventure. Download additional copies of the script plus sound effects, background images, and more ideas that will help make your reader’s theater performance a success through Lerner eSource.

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Stephen Krensky did not have the kind of childhood anyone would choose to write books about. It was happy and uneventful, with only the occasional bump in the night to keep him on his toes. He started writing at Hamilton College in upstate New York where he graduated in 1975. His first book, A Big Day for Scepters, was published in 1977, and he has now written over 100 fiction and nonfiction children's books––including novels, picture books, easy readers, and biographies. Mr. Krensky and his family live in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Jeremy Tugeau graduated from Syracuse university with a degree in Illustration. He has illustrated many children's books including Always an Olivia and Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles. He lives in Ohio with his wife and children.


"These very readable stories personalize important events and give children a feel for the times they take place. Easier to approach than historical novels, these books will appeal to children encountering the great events of American history for the first time. Each title begins with a well-illustrated narrative and concludes with a tip sheet for performing Reader's Theater as well as a list of characters, a script, and a pronunciation guide. Downloadable resources include a teaching guide, recommended reading levels, sound effect clips, suggestions for props, and printable scripts. Each book has an image file of one background illustration for projection on a screen or whiteboard, perfect for a backdrop to a performance. These books make history come alive in a unique and interesting way. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. Highly Recommended." --Library Media Connection


"This series informs readers about specific events in American history through vignettes starring made-up or real characters. The texts, though easy to follow, include unconvincing invented dialogue. Illustrations of varying quality accompany the stories. Appended 'Reader's Theater' sections provide room for further research, elaboration, and performance. The series could be useful in classrooms to engage reluctant historians." --The Horn Book Guide


"Ten-year-old Lizzie is staying with her grandmother when the massive 1906 earthquake rocks San Francisco. A passing ambulance has room for her grandmother, leaving Lizzie on her own until she remembers her parents' instructions to meet at the St. Francis Hotel in the event of an emergency. She finds them there, and they make plans to stay with friends in another part of the city. Told in a picturebook format, both text and illustrations are on the bland side, but it is the readers'-theater script that follows that makes this interesting. The seven-page script is designed for six parts, which could be expanded to nine. Tips for students, teachers, and librarians; a list of resources; a glossary; and a pronunciation guide supplement the script. Free printable scripts, prop suggestions, sound effects, and other aids are available on the publisher's website with registration. An interesting approach, this provides a way into history for classrooms." --Booklist


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