Escaping Titanic: A Young Girl's True Story of Survival


Commemorate the Titanic's disastrous voyage with this harrowing tale of survival. Follow the true story of young Ruth Elizabeth Becker as her awe of the mighty Titanic turns into horror when she is separated from her mother and siblings.

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Commemorate the Titanic's disastrous voyage with this harrowing tale of survival. Follow the true story of young Ruth Elizabeth Becker as her awe of the mighty Titanic turns into horror when she is separated from her mother and siblings.

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Children's Literature - Caitlyn Payne
"Ruth, get on another boat!" is the frantic cry Ruth hears from her mother when she becomes separated from her family as the passengers of the Titanic get loaded into lifeboats. Ruth, a twelve year old traveling on the Titanic with her mother and siblings, becomes separated from her family after returning to their room to get extra blankets. After hearing her mother, Ruth runs to the nearest lifeboat. Safe in this lifeboat, but far from her family, Ruth watches as the beautiful Titanic that had been destined to take her mother, siblings, and herself to meet her father in New York sinks into the deep. As Ruth passes the night in a lifeboat with strangers, she wonders—will she ever find her family? This story is based on the real Ruth Becker's trip on the fateful voyage of the Titanic. Ruth survived, but never told her children she was a passenger on the ship until scientists put concentrated efforts into finding the ship's remains in 1982. Ms. Lorbiecki tells Ruth's story in an exciting yet compassionate manner, letting the reader travel along with Ruth on her hair-raising adventure. Events that chronicle the sinking of the ship, placed at random intervals on pages, help the reader follow along as Ruth escapes. The afterward, with Ruth's photograph, ties the history to the story. Escaping Titanic is a useful introduction for young readers of the tragedy that befell the great ship that April night.
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—In this picture book, the events of the Titanic are seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Ruth Becker, a girl traveling with her mother and siblings on the ill-fated vessel. Through her, the excitement of those first days aboard is captured as she explores, encountering the other passengers and the majestic surroundings that were the hallmark of the ship. As the night of April 15th wears on, Ruth's confusion and fright turn into despair as she watches, from the safety of a lifeboat, the Titanic sink into the dark, cold Atlantic. The story format is a good introduction to the disaster for young readers and a jumping-off point for further investigation for those interested in more details. The text is solid, though without detailed source notes it is difficult to know what is fictionalized for the story's sake and what is based on the experiences of the real Ruth Becker. The digitally created pictures have the distinctive look of many computer-generated images, occasionally flat and static, but still providing an important visual accompaniment to the story. An author's note at the end offers more information about Becker and her life after surviving the disaster. This is an additional title for those looking to update collections for early elementary readers, where a narrative format can be helpful.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404871434
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,424,531
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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