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On Board the Titanic: What It Was Like When the Great Liner Sank
     

On Board the Titanic: What It Was Like When the Great Liner Sank

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by Shelley Tanaka, Ken Marschall (Illustrator)
 

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The story of the Titanic told through the eyes of two young survivors. Full-color illustrations with detailed diagrams and rare photographs convey a wealth of information to complement this gripping true story.

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The story of the Titanic told through the eyes of two young survivors. Full-color illustrations with detailed diagrams and rare photographs convey a wealth of information to complement this gripping true story.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Specific situations can make community of different people as seen in Tanaka's story of the Titanic. It's told from the perspective of seventeen-year-old Jack Thayer a passenger and Harold Bride, one of of the ships radio operators. Paintings and photographs really do transport readers back to 1912.
Children's Literature - C. Dennete Michaels
Harold Bride is a youthful wireless assistant and Jack Thayer, just seventeen, is a First Class passenger traveling with his parents. Fate put them together on the Titanic and then on an overturned collapsible lifeboat after a last minute plunge into icy darkness. The vibrancy of Marshall's oil paintings combined with photographs and diagrams provide a satisfying visual text. The storytelling at times makes it difficult to keep the tales of the two young survivors separate. A chronology at the beginning of each chapter helps fix story segments. The chief wireless operator, Jack Phillips, who perished with the ship, is showcased in a coda describing "a special memorial to him..(in) a country church...near Phillip's birthplace...it is a good place for thinking about the many brave people who were there on the night the Titanic went down." Tanaka's text addresses issues that contributed to the disaster such as poor seamanship and corporate and community policy decisions adequately enough to answer most questions likely to be raised by the target audience. There is a helpful bibliography and a short glossary.
School Library Journal

Gr 3-6- Shelley Tanaka's fictionalized account (Hyperion, 1996) of the sinking of the Titanic is told from the point of view of Jack Thayer, a 17-year-old passenger who survived, and the ship's assistant wireless operator, Harold Bride. With succinct detail, Jack describes his observations of the events of the fateful night without overwhelming listeners. The narration closes with an insightful summary of facts and statistics about the Titanic . Terry Bregy ably provides an even, low-key narration. Make sure to pair the audio version with the book so listeners can see the vivid paintings, drawing, and diagrams.-Karen T. Bilton, Mary Jacobs Library, Rocky Hill, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
In this work subtitled "What It Was Like When the Great Liner Sank," the powerful, detailed, and realistic paintings by Marschall will enthrall readers and draw them into the mystery of the famous ocean liner's fate. In this I Was There book, Tanaka (The Disaster of the Hindenburg, 1993, not reviewed, etc.) tells the story from the point of view of two young men aboard the Titanic: Jack Thayer, a wealthy 17-year-old, and Harold Bride, a junior wireless operator. The details are many and interesting: the historic photos; the accurate drawing of a cross-section of the ship; an explanation of Morse code; a discussion of the number of lifeboats aboard; a diagram of who died and who was saved (the greatest number of those who drowned were third-class passengers and crew members); the number of dogs that survived (2). The book will more than satisfy those for whom this voyage is an apparently unlimited source of fascination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786802838
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Series:
I Was There Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 11.37(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Shelley Tanaka is an award-winning children’s book author and editor. She is the author of Amelia Earhart and Mummies: The Newest, Coolest & Creepiest from Around the World, as well as several other books in the I Was There series. She lives in Kingston, Ontario. Ken Marschall is a maritime artist and the illustrator of The Discovery of the Titanic and The Discovery of the Bismarck. He lives in Redondo Beach, California.

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