Murphy, J. (1995). The great fire. New York: Scholastic Inc.
Looking back at these chapters I am awed by what all is taking place. It is hard for me to believe how some people look down at others and do not worry about them because they are from a lower income family. I could never imagine looking down and not carring about someone who is in the process of loosing everything they have a possibly their on life. I would want to help.
This brings me to another point I wanted to bring up. In chapter two it states "Fires were extremely common back then and thought to be as exciting and dramatic as a night at the theater." What in the world were they THINKING?! A night at the theater--I don't think so. I can not help but to wonder if more people had joined in and tried to put out the fire instead of just observing and watching it like a play or movie--Would things have turned out differently and not so terrible?
I'm curious as to what actually started the fire? It talked about how the wealthier Chicagoans blamed Mrs. O'Leary and her cow for the fire, but I do not remember where it stated what the cow did to start the fire. Maybe it will get explained later on?
After reading this, I am also thankful for our technology today and how we handle fires differently. We have come a long way since the times of 1871.
One final note, in chapter three I really became drawn to Claire. I wonder exactly what she had in her bundle and why she was so persistant not to drop it even after her dad told them to? Is is because she has something special in there or is it because she knows this will be all she has left from her home and life as she knows it? I wonder if she will be able to hold on to it or will she loose it? I hope the book will continue on her and answer some of these questions later on.