BR 2-10: Ice Mummy

It is September 19, 1991, a bright, sunny day.

 This story is about Ice Mummy, which had beeb deeply frozen in the thick ice when a hiker found it.
The discovery made the people all over the world  talk about the frozen mummy. The police wanted Dr. Henn, a medical examiner to figure out what had happened to the mummy in the past, and then he agreed to solve the problem. First, he took it to the medical school where he works. Second, he put it in a cold room to prevent it from rotting.  Third, not he but Dr. Kinrad, an archaeologist examined some pieces of equipment of the mummy. As a result, the surprising fact about Ice Mummy came to light...

 The reason I picked up this one is that I was amazed to know the fact Ice Mummy truly exists in this world. The story and the photos of the Mummy made me a little scared, but this book made me think that I would like to visit a museum that displays mummies or something mysterious.

Dubowski, Mark. (1998). Ice Mummy. New York: Step into Reading step4.


BR 2-09: The Mysterious Island

The baloon came down quickly now and the great waves tried to catch them. (p. 1)

 In this story, there are four men, a boy and a dog. When the men were escaping from prison with a baloon, they including the boy and the dog were blown off by a strong wind. And then, they landed at an island, but many mysterious things happened to them there. I will tell you some of them. Firstly, Cyrus Smith, one of the prisoners, seemed to have been saved by someone in the uninhabited island. He fell into the sea when they were carried away by the strong wind. Secondly, when they wrote down what they wanted for survival on a piece of paper, one box suddenly appeared. Inside it, there was all what they had wanted. They were amazed, but thanks to the help by someone, they managed to survive for a long time. Thirdly, a letter was sent by the unknown rescuer. After that... the most surprising fact became clear.

 The reason why I picked up this book is that I'm really interested in living in a desert island. Actually, I have been dreaming of going and living there since I was a schoolchild. After reading this book, I wondered what I would bring if I could take just one thing to a desert island. I would bring a lighter or a box of match to make a fire and broil fishes, and so on.

Verne, Jules. (2002). The Mysterious Island. England: Penguin Readers Level 2.


BR 2-08: The USA

Think of a big, beautiful, empty land with mountains, forests, lakes, animals and fish, but no people. This was America 30,000 years ago. (p. 1)

ソース画像を表示 This book is fiction. In this one, you can learn mainly about American history and the environment.
I will tell you one historic event. First, about The War of Independence. Thirteen colonies along the east coast of North America was all governed by Britain, and the people of the colonies became angry at the high taxes that the goverment made them pay. As a result, as you know, an event called "Boston Tea Party" happened. After that, in 1755, a war between America and Britain broke out. In the severe war, some countries came in on the American's side, and in the end Britain lost.
Actually, when I took a American Politics course in the first semester, I studied about American history too. However, there are some pictures of the history in this book, so I have got a better understanding about it. For me, the most surprising fact in it is that Thanksgiving Day comes from "The Pilgrim Fathers". If you want to know about it, please read this book.  

Baxter, Alison. (1999). The USA. Oxford: Oxford Bookworms Factfiles.


BR 2-07: Gandhi

Mohandes Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1869 in Porbandar, in the west of India. (p. 1)
 This book consists of 8 chapters, which describe the life of Gandhi. Let me introduce about this book.
 In chapter 1, his early life is described. Surprisingly, he came from an ordinary Hindu home and lived an ordinary life.
 In chapter 2, about his unpardonable insult. In 1893, he went to South Africa which was under British rule, and when he was on a train in first class, a policeman threw him off the train just because he was a person of color. However, this insult made him determined to help the Indians and stay in South Africa to fight.
 In chapter 3, about Hindus. There were many kinds of Hindus in India. However, not all Hindsu were the same. There were different classes. In the highest class were the holy men. On the contrary, at the bottom were "Untouchables", who did the dirty jobs. Nevetheless, Gandhi invited a family of Untouchables to the ashram.
 In chapter 4, about failure in his nonviolent protest. In 1920, when a march started, some people at the back of the march was hit by Indian police. After that, he couldn't help but stop the protest.
 In chapter 5, about Gandhi's ashram rules. 1. We always tell the truth. 2. We never kill or hurt any person or animal. 3. We eat only when we are hungry. 4. We do not want many things. 5. We only wear Indian clothes. 6. We are not afraid of anything. 7. We speak Indian languages. 8. Nobody is Untouchable. That's all from me. If you read further in the story, you can know about so-called "The Salt March.

Before I read this book, I knew just a little about Gandhi. However, now I have known about him from birth to death. In the end, Gandhi was murdered, but I strongly believe that his great contribution made India independent.

Rollason, Jane. (2004). Gandhi. Madrid: Penguin Readers.


BR 2-06: Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King, Junior, was born on 15 January, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, in the South of the US. (p. 10)

  This book tells us mainly about Martin and American history. Martin was a major leader of the movement to gain civil rights for African-Americans. He is also famous for his speech at Lincoln Memorial; "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."

 I learned about Martin when I was a high school student. However, because I have learned him and his speech in English, I was able to get a better understanding of his dream. Actually, after I finished reading this book, I thought that I should know about American history and culture before I go to America.

Valerie Schloredt and Pam Brown. (1988). Martin Luther King. Florida: Longman famous lives


BR 2-05: The Discovery

 Amy's parents owned s caravan site and a small grocery store in the village. (p. 2)

 Amy, a girl whose parents work at a family-run shop. Due to a long spell of rain, their company is on the edge of bankruptcy. One day, Mrs Long, an archaeologist comes there to look for objects that have been buried in the ground for hundreds of years. When Amy and Mrs Long are looking for the objects, The weather abruptly changes. It rains hard, and furthermore a river overflows. The car of Amy's mother is carried away the flood. Next day, it has stopped raining. And then, when Amy and Mrs Long are exploring the huge hole where the river bank have collapsed, Amy finds lots of bits of colored stone and some jars in the side of the bank. After Mrs Long examines them, it turns out that...  If you get interested in this story, please read this book.

 I have ever been to a museum which displays a variety of old earthenware in Japan. If I go back to my hometown, I would like to visit there again.

 Adam, Coleman. (2004). The Discovery. The UK: Oxford Reading Tree.


BR 2-04: Pompeii... Buried Alive

The people in Pompeii liked living by the mountain. (p. 3)

 This story is nonfiction. In this story, a mountain named Vesuvius is regarded as a safe one by the people living in a town called Pompeii. However, in fact, it is like a sleeping giant. If the giant woke up, it could destroy the town. Finally, the volcano erupts, causing extensive damage to the people and the town. Tiny pebbles fall on them. A horrible smell fills the air, which is like rotten eggs. Ashes keep falling and pile up to the second-story windows. So much lava flow from the crater. As a result, no one in Pompeii is saved except for some refugees. There is the continuation of this story. I think if you read it, you will be surprised.

 Japan is located in the Circum-Pacific System of Volcanoes. Therefore, we might be affected by natural disasters. Just in case, we should think about the necessity of disaster preparedness.

Kunhardt, Edith. (1987). Pompeii... Buried Alive. New York: Random House.