The Hindenburg Disaster

The Hindenburg Disaster

by Aaron Feigenbaum
     
 
The Hindenberg hovered in the sky over Lakehurst, New Jersey. Five hundred feet (152 m) below, a large group waited to greet the passengers. Newspaper reporters scribbled notes. Photographers snapped pictures. The crowd of people had gathered to watch the landing of the world's biggest airship. Instead, they saw the Hindenburg burst into flames and begin to fall.

Overview

The Hindenberg hovered in the sky over Lakehurst, New Jersey. Five hundred feet (152 m) below, a large group waited to greet the passengers. Newspaper reporters scribbled notes. Photographers snapped pictures. The crowd of people had gathered to watch the landing of the world's biggest airship. Instead, they saw the Hindenburg burst into flames and begin to fall. Passengers jumped out of the ball of fire while burning parts of the ship flew everywhere. The terrible event was captured by the voice of a stunned radio announcer. It would become an unforgettable broadcast-and one of the most famous disasters in the history of air travel.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Another in Bearport's "Code Red" series, this book briefly describes the 1937 disaster of the world's largest airship as it attempted to land in New Jersey after a three-day flight from Germany. As in other books in the series, effective use of captioned photos, fact boxes and quotes bring the simple text to life. Feigenbaum considers the size and luxurious accommodations, use of hydrogen instead of helium, the flash fire's rapid path through the ship, the crash, passengers' and crew members' attempts to escape, and rescue efforts. In examining possible causes, he does not ignore the fact that the politics of Germany and the United States at the time may have had an impact. The narrative style of both the text and the captions is effective, and the book's open design will attract readers. Profiles of four individuals involved in the incident and clean-up help put a face on the event. The map, an index, a glossary and a suggested reading list will aid young researchers; however, the web sites that are listed are all commercial video/audio sites and are not designed to be appropriate for youngsters. This member of the series seems a bit weaker than others seen by this reviewer, with not as much content or discussion of the disaster's ramifications. Like others in the series, the high-interest topic of the book make it appealing to reluctant readers. Reviewer: Peg Glisson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597163613
Publisher:
Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Series:
Bearport Code Red Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.24(h) x 0.32(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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