T is for Titanic: A Titanic Alphabet

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In T is for Titanic, husband-and-wife writing team Michael and Debbie Shoulders sift through the stories, documents, and artifacts surronding the famous ship, giving a you-are-there view to one of the greatest disaster stories.
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Overview

In T is for Titanic, husband-and-wife writing team Michael and Debbie Shoulders sift through the stories, documents, and artifacts surronding the famous ship, giving a you-are-there view to one of the greatest disaster stories.
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Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
With the hundredth anniversary of the Titanic's 1912 sinking upon us, Sleeping Bear Press offers up yet another vehicle for capitalizing on this perennially fascinating tragedy: a Titanic alphabet from A (the ship's Anatomy) to Z (Leo Zimmerman, a third-class passenger who perished in the wreck). In an attempt to reach both younger and older readers, each letter is represented by a brief, four-line poem, while more extensive information is provided in a sidebar. So with "G is for Grand Staircase," younger children are told, "Titanic's elegance and beauty/shined in its grand staircase./ A dome of glass and cherub with flame/ created a beautiful space." On the same page older children learn that the staircase flooring was made of the "most innovative, high-quality floor covering of that time—linoleum." As this representative sample indicates, the information provided in the sidebars is studded with genuinely interesting details, while the four-verse poems are almost uniformly terrible: the lines don't scan, the rhymes are forced. Moreover, the story of an unfolding tragedy needs to be told in a chronological rather than alphabetical format: we don't want to hear about Violins playing as the ship goes down, and Watertight Doors that were to have prevented calamity, when we have already heard about the doomed Rescue of the passengers and the U.S. Inquiry following the voyage. The object lesson here, sadly, is that some subjects simply resist being alphabetized, and this is one. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—This alphabet book provides introductory information about the ship itself, the people associated with it, and a very basic outline of the events surrounding that fateful night in April 1912. Each page includes a short, rhyming poem, a piece of original artwork, and several paragraphs that flesh out some details, from the Marconi operators who sent out the distress signals, to the dogs that also traveled aboard the ship. The writing is succinct and to the point, offering up conventionally accepted facts that cover a broad swath of territory about the Titanic but leave the depth of knowledge and discussion of more controversial topics to titles for older students. The realistic paintings take up three quarters of each page and provide a helpful visual accompaniment to the text. A solid introduction for young readers.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585361762
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Sleeping Bear Alphabets
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 424,218
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.22 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    5 stars

    I haven't read the whole thing yet, but it looks fabulous. I am excited to read and learn more since my grandfather's sunday school teacher died on the Titanic when he was 17.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    The movie is better

    The movie is better

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