Nine-year-old Michael O'Connor's story is typical of the two million Irish people who fled the Great Famine of Ireland between 1845 and 1850. We accompany Michael and his family through repeated failures of the potato crop that force them to leave Ireland. They seek passage of the sailing ship Dunbrody, bound for North America, where the family strives to rebuild a life in the New World.Young Michael's family is hard-hit by the Irish potato famine of the 1840's, and so they make the decision to emigrate to America, but they have no idea how horrible life on the cramped ship will be.
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: Here, in words and pictures--including imaginative pop-up illustrations--is the story of the Irish potato famine of the 1840s, and the resulting hardship that caused widespread death and eventual emigration of thousands of Irish from their homeland. Seeking a better life, those who could make the journey fled to America, Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand. This book's imaginative use of paper engineering shows household interiors in an Irish country village, a typical sailing ship that carried Irish from their homeland, and other fascinating details that illustrate nineteenth-century Irish life. The story is told from the point of view of Michael O'Connor, a nine-year-old boy who, with his family, endures many hardships before arriving in America. This volume is designed in a form to suggest Michael's scrapbook. It's filled with facts and true-to-life details of the O'Connor family's journey on the famine ship Dunbrody.
A feature at the end of the book gives brief biographical sketches of many famous Americans of Irish background. Color illustrations on every page.