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Author: Martin Jenkins

Illustrator: Brian Sanders

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: paperback

Summary: Everything you wanted to know about the RMS (Royal Mail Steamship) Titanic you'll find in this book. Well illustrated with diagrams, photos and maps, the book gives an excellent overview of the ill fated ship’s first and final voyage. One section of the book not only discusses the ship’s final hours, it diagrams what was happening to the hull. This picture book commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster.

Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 and up; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 8 and up

Reading Level: 7.7

Age of Child: Shared with a 9-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My friend’s son enjoyed the book and wants to read more about the ship and sea disasters in general.

Adult Reader Reaction: The book is well designed, with lots of good information. It is an excellent way of introducing a youngster to the story of the Titanic.

Pros: This book is so much more than the "disaster." It talks about history, culture, science, geography, physics in ways that are understandable - and relevant - to kids.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book for classroom and school libraries, as well as the kids who is interested in history and ships.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WORKBOATS   THE DAY THE WORLD EXPLODED; The Earthshaking Catastrophe at Krakatoa   EXPLORATOPIA

Educational Themes: This is a picture book that can be used with older readers not only to discuss the history of the RMS Titanic and the sinking, the material about what was happening to the ship itself is valuable for science and physics. Plotting the timeline and contributing factors (weather patterns and reports; ego; economics and society) can also be valuable.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, history, boats, science, geography, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2012

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