Earthquake!: A Story of the San Francisco Earthquake
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Earthquake!: A Story of the San Francisco Earthquake

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An hour before dawn on April 18, 1906, Phillip is awakened by the barking of dogs and the fearful whinnying of his father's horses. Moments later, San Francisco is struck by a tremendous earthquake. As walls buckle and bricks rain down on them Phillip's family struggles to escape from their own home. Then he remembers the horses. Can Phillip save them—and himself—in time?
Paperback, 64 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Puffin (first published May 1993)
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to the 10yo as part of our history curriculum.

This short historical fiction chapter book takes place over only a moment in time. From the first shakings of the earthquake in 1906 until the morning afterwards the reader joins Philip has he lives through this devastating disaster. The first half of the story focuses on Philip and his family as they struggle with the earthquake and its aftermath along with the shocking sights and sounds as people walk en masse out of...more
Phillip can’t sleep. He probably could if silly Buster would stop barking and the horses would settle down. As it is, Phillip figures he’d better go check on the horses. After all, something might be wrong down there, and it wouldn’t due to have his father’s livery business damaged.

Phillip makes his way to the stables. Nothing’s wrong – the horses are just spooked. Wonder why that could be? And the mice are acting strangely, too, dashing around and out into the street like a cat’s on their tails...more
v. well done short book about the first couple days of the quake as seen through the eyes of a boy that has to become a man.
(in her afterward the author gives the old death toll for the quake, the number is now over 5000.)
Kathleen Kudlinski's historical fiction about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake is a nice overview of what happened on the first day. This is a good book to introduce the topic of natural disasters and California history.
Gabe Durham
Read this w/ kids for tutoring.
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