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The Great Fire by Jim  Murphy
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Nov 08, 2009

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bookshelves: children-s-lit, informational-books-and-biographies
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This is a very different version of the story of the Chicago Fire than I have ever heard before. It uses real accounts from various people, photos, maps, and artifacts to tell the story of the errors, mistakes, and confusion that made the Chicago Fire the infamous disaster it became. Listening to this book had both its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage was the way it was read. Listening to the various accounts of actual people who were involved in the Chicago Fire read with such energy were both exciting and intriguing. The disadvantage of listening to the book is that it (apparently) has a number of pictures, diagrams, maps, etc. that are (obviously) not visible to the listening reader. As soon as a copy of this book becomes available at my library, I will have to go back and see all of the visuals that were missing in the audio. Grades 4 (advanced) and up.
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message 1: by Ruth (new)

Ruth This review of the book almost felt as if you were telling the story of the book and the failings of only listening to the audio. It made me smile!

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