Titanic: Disaster at Sea

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Experience all the drama and tragedy of Titanic inside the pages of this richly illustrated narrative. With a pull out poster and double gatefold diagram, Titanic: Disaster at Sea is brimming with facts, stories, and fascinating people. From the technological creativity of Titanic's construction to unselfish sacrifice in the face of disaster, this comprehensive book will satisfy readers with its exciting, up close look at this amazing true story of triumph and tragedy.

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Overview

Experience all the drama and tragedy of Titanic inside the pages of this richly illustrated narrative. With a pull out poster and double gatefold diagram, Titanic: Disaster at Sea is brimming with facts, stories, and fascinating people. From the technological creativity of Titanic's construction to unselfish sacrifice in the face of disaster, this comprehensive book will satisfy readers with its exciting, up close look at this amazing true story of triumph and tragedy.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Is there anything new to learn about the Titanic story? One approach, as Philip Wilkinson takes here, is to fill in some of the back story and include material about the great ocean liners of the time, the building of the Titanic, the provisioning of the ship and its stops in France and Ireland before heading out into the Atlantic. There is also heavy use of visual information. A double foldout at the front of the book shows a longitudinal and crosssection of the Titanic that impress with their detail and scale. A large poster can be detached from the inside back cover. Much of the text exists as captions and sidebars to the many color and black and white images on each spread. This format gives the appearance and feel of a picture book which is at odds with the small type, book length (sixtyfour pages) and the wealth of technical information. Artists from as many as nine different studios/agencies supplied images for the book. These are combined with period photographs that successfully convey the luxurious interiors and vast resources on the Titanic. The illustrations though seamed together well and carefully detailed with early twentieth century costumes and furnishings, look too modern and stiff in their execution. Concluding chapters cover the discovery of the Titanic and briefly discuss modern superliners. The book closes with a spread detailing memorials to Titanic, a glossary titled "Titanic Factfile" and an index. This book would be a good resource in a middle school or high school library. Stephanie S. McPherson's Iceberg Right Ahead! The Tragedy of the Titanic, from TwentyFirst Century Books (ISBN: 9780761367567) would be a good companion book, offering more cohesive visuals and a narrativebased account of the Titanic story that is factfilled and wellorganized. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—The public's fascination with tragedies in general, and the Titanic in particular, is remarkably strong even 100 years after the disaster. This title provides a highly visual experience for students looking to learn about the ship, the people on it, and the events surrounding that infamous night in April 1912. Formatted in an attention-grabbing scrapbook style, each spread features period photographs, full-color artwork, a paragraph or two explaining a specific topic, and captions that highlight interesting facts. Some spreads also include a related time line that is a useful tool for outlining the happenings over the course of the night. The artwork seems to be computer-generated and has the appearance and texture of a virtual simulation game. The final few pages are dedicated to life after the disaster, including recent advances in modern ocean liners, the search for relics from Titanic, and how it is portrayed in books and films, all of which are interesting addenda. Libraries looking to update their collection for younger readers who are new to the subject will find this a solid companion to Simon Adams's Titanic (DK, 1999) or David Stewart's You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the Titanic (Watts, 2001).—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429675277
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: NA
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 779,847
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Wilkinson has written more than 60 books, mainly in the fields of history, architecture, and the arts. His titles include the award-winning Amazing Buildings, A Celebration of the Customs and Rituals of the World, which was endorsed by the United Nations, and the bestselling What the Romans Did For Us, the book of the BBC TV series of the same name. He lives in England and the Czech Republic, and enjoys exploring the old buildings and historical sites of these countries, and giving talks about them.
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