Titanic: Disaster at Sea

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Overview

Explore the glory and tragedy of the Ttitanic in a fascinating book that traces the events leading up to her fateful end.

On April 14, 1912, the largest and finest ocean liner of the age struck an iceberg and sank to the icy depths. Here, in clear, compelling prose illustrated with evocative scenes, extensive diagrams, and historical photos, is the story of the Titanic’s rise and fall — from details on her state-of-the-art design and widely varying accommodations to a timeline ...

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Overview

Explore the glory and tragedy of the Ttitanic in a fascinating book that traces the events leading up to her fateful end.

On April 14, 1912, the largest and finest ocean liner of the age struck an iceberg and sank to the icy depths. Here, in clear, compelling prose illustrated with evocative scenes, extensive diagrams, and historical photos, is the story of the Titanic’s rise and fall — from details on her state-of-the-art design and widely varying accommodations to a timeline showing how structural and human failure contributed to her demise.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Basic facts about the construction, the hoopla and the tragedy of the Titanic are presented in documentary-style writing. The dense text (often white print on black background) may be daunting to young readers. Information about some of the passengers and their photos is provided in sidebars. A chart showing summary statistics compares the numbers of survivors with those who perished. The classifications include women and children vs. men and passengers traveling in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd classes and as crew members. A timeline of the final hours from 11:39 p.m. to 2:40 a.m. appears on six pages and provides the most drama of the book. Photographs and drawings (appearing in both black and white and in color), diagrams and maps aid in creating interest in the subject and contribute to understanding. The lack of reference aids (no index, glossary, etc.) limits the book's potential use for research. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
Children's Literature
This book has a single impressive pop-up of a 33” long paper model of the huge ill-fated ship. The book presents as a 12” wide by 10 ½” high hardback that opens in the middle of the front cover like a double door. Inside, there is a second hard cover announcing the arrival of the newest and largest White Star Line steamer, the RMS Titanic. On the left edge of this cover is an arrowhead with the words, “LIFT HERE AND PULL TO THE RIGHT.” By lifting the board page up and over to the right, a paper model of the ship can be pulled out to its full length. Unfortunately, because of its large size and the inherent fragility of its paper construction it is difficult to handle and must be opened on the floor or any other empty space at least 54” long. Those interested in the paper engineering will be fascinated with the construction of the boat in five sections which can never quite be pulled out enough to form a smooth sided boat. Also present in the package is a 32-page booklet that is a very clear and entertaining illustrated history of the ship containing all anyone could possibly want to know about the ship and its terrible ending. There is also a pocket in the front with more fascinating information specific to passenger luxury and a gallery of interior drawings showing life aboard a luxury liner in the first decades of the 20th Century. The information is well presented and the packaging of the pop-up is unique. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437968446
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Martin Jenkins has written numerous acclaimed books for children, including a retelling of Jonathan Swift’s GULLIVER'S TRAVELS and several nonfiction titles. He lives in Cambridge, England.

Brian Sanders is an illustrator whose work has appeared on book jackets, in pop-up books, and even on postage stamps. He lives in Essex, England.

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