[BOOKS] ✭ Great Fire By Jim Murphy – Horse-zine.co.uk



10 thoughts on “Great Fire

  1. says:

    This was a good, short book on the Great Chicago fire of 1871 Murphy describes the area, construction, weather leading up to the disaster While he uses many personal accounts, newspaper articles, historical references, he follows 4 disparate people who lived through the fire One was a 12 year old girl the others were fairly well to do men These points of views really help capture the immensity diversity of the experience He also covers the aftermath briefly, mostly in detailing the incredible amount of scapegoating that went on Yes, the fire started in Mrs O Leary s barn, but she her family had been in bed for over an hour No one knows how the fire started The drunken firemen were exhausted from another big fire the night before Plenty of mistakes were made Mother Nature couldn t have been less helpful with a drought a wind Thankfully, some much needed rain came some 31 hours later or the whole prairie might have gone up.Anyway, it was a great job This is supposed to be for kids, but I thought it provided as much as I wanted to know never bored me in the 2 hour narrative Highly recommended


  2. says:

    This is supposed to be a young adult book but some of the stories about the Chicago Fire are harsh and gave me the shivers I think it would be a great book for tweens who had previously read books like Dear America.


  3. says:

    The burnt district was over four miles long and one mile wide 17,500 buildings and 73 miles of street had been destroyed The story of the start and subsequent spread of the great Chicago fire in 1871 We follow several individuals as they navigate the increasingly hostile city fleeing the fire the account is pieced together from letters sent to loved ones, as well as articles from the event The author does a great job adding in facts about events to correct the sometimes erroneous reporting, without distracting from the overall flow He also weaves in the political, economic, and technological factors that contributed to the leveling of a major city I also enjoyed that the author gave some resolution on how the city handled the rebuilding, and what became of policies after this disaster and another fire in July of 1874 Even if it were an absurd rumor, 40 miles wide of the truth, it would be useless to attempt to alter the verdict of history Mrs O Leary is in for it and no mistake Fame has seized her and appropriated her, name, barn, cows and all.


  4. says:

    After reading so many subpar Newberry books that focus on dramatic life changing events in the lives of children super fun I was THRILLED to find a nonfiction on the list by an author I know and like Not knowing any specifics about the Chicago Fire beyond Mrs O Leary s infamous cow, it was very Exciting and horrifying to read accounts of that night and what went wrong The truth is, no one really knows what started the fire It did start at the O Leary s barn but that s all we can say for certain The O Learys were in bed when it broke out even though the press skewered them after the fact I was thinking of poor Mrs O Leary and how it would be to be remembered for all of time that way I was horrified at how quickly the city burned and how terrifying that would be It must have been so shocking to everyone Who would ve thought a fire could cause that much damage I thought a lot about the book White Trash while I was reading and how so much was blamed on the poor, though it does sound like they caused a lot of the looting I also wondered why we re always surprised that crime follows poverty A very good read Audio was excellent Highly recommended.


  5. says:

    This is a non fiction, award winning account of the Great Chicago Fire Being a Chicagoan and a history undergraduate major, I found this topic most interesting Most people are aware of the legend that the fire was started when Mrs O Leary s cow kicked over a bucket, but Murphy unravels the history of this fire and reasons behind it Interesting one can attribute this breadth of this tragedy to class discrimination, as the fire started in a working class neighborhood, thereby perhaps not getting the quick attention it needed Through the book there are photographs, articles, and testimony that bring this event from the past alive with details and insight A great work of nonfiction to use in the classroom to use for teaching about primary source documents.


  6. says:

    This popular history reconstructs the story of the 1871 Chicago Fire largely from the perspective of those who were there The author utilizes these first hand accounts to highlight how a series of human errors and prejudices led to the fire s rapid spread, despite the fact at the time Chicago had one of the most sophisticated fire alarm systems of that era This account is both entertaining and informative and is well worth the read.


  7. says:

    Highly recommended as an introduction to peoples behaviors in times of disasters Describes how a series of minor events can lead to a tragic outcome A map at the end of each chapter shows the progress of the fire as it consumed blocks of buildings and crossed waterways Including the experience of 12 year old Clara Innes provides a way for readers to experience the panic and fear of the Chicagoans I d like to know what Clara did with her life To what extent was it shaped by the fire


  8. says:

    I wonder how this happens, I fall into a series of books that are all very similar although they are completely unrelated I did this a few years ago by linking The Bird to the Chilean miners who were rescued using a tube created by NASA, in six books.This is the third book in about three I ve read about cover ups and misleading the public.I enjoyed this book and I d recommend to readers who enjoy history.


  9. says:

    5 Stars Before reading another of his Children s history books, I had written off non fiction history books labeled for Children or YA becausethey JUST WEREN T GOOD They wrote down to their readers, as if people without at least a college education couldn t hope to comprehend anything history I learned history on my dad s knee and he never talked down to me So I skipped YA and children s and when straight to reading adult books Some were extremely difficult to get through and I never got everything It wasn t until graduate school that I was introduced to Jim Murphy through his An American Plague The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, also a Newbery Honor Book as well as other awards It was at times a difficult book for me to read, as the writer does not pull any punches, so to speak It does not glorify in the disgusting, but it doesn t lie and try to write it down to what the author thinks they should hear It is a history text with sources, lists of further books to look into, and most importantly it is based on mostly primary sources aka, writings from people who WERE ACTUALLY THERE Most history text in high school, never mind for children, wouldn t dream of using primary sources but rather secondary or even tertiary sources texts and books written from other sources that were written from other sources that were written from primary sources When this happens the heart of history is distilled down until it is dry and boring something most people argue when they talk about why they don t like history But when a young person reads what someone actually experienced, particularly when at least one of those people is someone of a comparable age, it ceases to be boring and not interesting but rather something that can actually touch them They can understand and empathize and perhaps, want to learn The same can be said for this book The Gush The author does an excellent job of walking you through the hours during which Chicago burned It is a, sadly, easy subject to keep a person s interest as the sheer detestation is almost unbelievable The people whose words he gives voice are good choices from various sections and equally various backgrounds What they see and how they interpret the events changes and he does a good job of pointing this out and helping the reader understand why He never suggests you don t know better or you can t learn but rather teaches you without you even noticing The writing flows well and keeps the readers focus well The illustrations are well chosen, places carefully and with thought, and aid the story a great deal The best are the I believe four maps of the city that show the path of fire as it is during the chapter you just read This aids tremendously, as most readers won t know where places are, and they are easy to flip back to to check where the person is as you read Murphy writes the facts of the fire and waits until the last chapter to deal with the myths surrounding the fire and why they exist and how they were used Even I learn a great deal in this chapter and was very surprised He helps lead the reader to critical thinking, something every child should learn and something that is lacking in much of our history texts Names and dates are all very well, but society and WHY people do things are often even important All in all, a fine history book that is equally fine for children and adults The Rant Little here other then at times the descriptions might be a bit too much for younger readers Parents might want to be aware They were not graphic however and most children should be able to handle it Conclusion A wonderful children s history book that treats its readers better then many adult popular history texts do A great way to learn about The Great Chicago Fire whether you are a child or an adult.


  10. says:

    This book is nonfiction and is written for Advanced reader This book is a Newberry Honor Book, Boston Globe Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book and NCTE Orbis Pictus Award winner for Outstanding Nonfiction.This story was written for advanced readers such as 5th grade and above This story is about the major Chicago fire in 1871 that changed the lives of people forever.I rated this story with 5 stars There were some pictures that were hand drawn and some photographs The story was told in a way and had a word choice that would pull the reader in and want to know what happens next It reminds me of 9 11 and how so many people died because of that terrible day Both types brought the story to life I think that if readers read this story now and were asked to relate this story to a event they could relate The youngest age group I would suggest this book be given to is 5th grade Children that age and older would be able to understand what happened in the story and be able to relate to it Children could discuss how the story made them feel and how they would feel if they were in that situation.


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Great Fire download Great Fire, read online Great Fire, kindle ebook Great Fire, Great Fire 1051d590cb86 The Great Fire OfWas One Of Most Colossal Disasters In American History Overnight, The Flourshing City Of Chicago Was Transformed Into A Smoldering Wasteland The Damage Was So Profound That Few People Believed The City Could Ever Rise AgainBy Weaving Personal Accounts Of Actual Survivors Together With The Carefully Researched History Of Chicago And The Disaster, Jim Murphy Constructs A Riveting Narrative That Recreates The Event With Drama And Immediacy And Finally, He Reveals How, Even In A Time Of Deepest Dispair, The Human Spirit Triumphed, As The People Of Chicago Found The Courage And Strength To Build Their City Once Again