Bonnie Christensen learned the art of creating frescoes while studying art in Italy and now tells the story of Pompeii through original frescoes, done in the same colors, style, and technique as the ancient Roman masterpieces that have been unearthed in Pompeii. With the additional name recognition of Mary Pope Osborne as the author and the fascination the subject has with children, this book will be a standout in the growing ranks of nonfiction picture books.
The famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius that snuffed out life in Pompeii and buried the town has long been a fascinating moment in history for children. This book presents that dramatic story with Mary Pope Osborne’s brief text and with stunning frescoes created by Bonnie Christensen, using the same colors, style, and technique as the ancient frescoes unearthed at Pompeii. In addition to the destruction of Pompeii and the rediscovery of the ruins nearly 1,700 years later, the book shows what daily life was like in this prosperous Roman town in the year 79 A.D.