School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3�5—Benoit provides unbiased information that is on target for the intended audience. The main texts flow nicely and encourage the books to be read continuously, not piecemeal like research texts. A lot of the facts are given in comparison to other events, these disasters easier to comprehend. However, the inclusion of the metric measurements in parentheses is sometimes distracting, particularly in Krakatau Eruption. The true/false questions at the beginning of the books help guide readers into the topic. The photographs and reproductions enhance the texts. In Oil Spill, the photos are realistic and well chosen to show that current events can be examined as critically as historical events. In Titanic Disaster, the sequence depicting the ship breaking explicitly shows how a 66,000-ton vessel could just snap in half. Captions provide extra detail, and the inclusion of arrows helps readers decode them and see the relationship between the main text and images. Well-conceived books worthy of purchase.—Catherine Brenner, Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar, NY
Children's Literature - Sylvia FirthSince sinking in 1912, the Titanic has been of great interest to the public. Now a new source of information for upper elementary age youngsters is available as part of the "True Book Series." To capture the attention of readers, the very first page of the book contains two true and false statements that will be answered on the last page. Each chapter answers one main question, but also provides plenty of other facts and figures. Chapter one supplies information about all the ship's special luxuries available to the rich passengers as well as where the poor were quartered and figures on the size and speed of the vessel. Other chapters relate how poorly the ship's crew watched for icebergs, the actual collision with an iceberg, and the confusion and delay in trying to evacuate the passengers. Possible reasons for why radio messages for help were ignored by a nearby ship thought to be the Californian are covered in Chapter five. The last chapter discusses how the Titanic was found, what has been salvaged from the wreck and the controversy over visits to the site by private submarines. Enhancing the text are photos, reproductions of artwork, a timeline, and numerous facts on almost every page. Additional sources that add to the book's usefulness include a page of statistics, a bibliography, an index and glossary, information on a museum and a monument, as well as web sites. Children will use this book for research and/or for learning more about this very famous historic event. Teachers will find this a good tool for classroom instruction and discussion. Consider for purchase if other new sources are not available, especially with the 100th anniversary of the fatal accident approaching. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
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