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Gr 1-4- Jim Mulholland is a young man ready to see the world as a cabin boy on the Titanic . He comes from a family with maritime roots; he understands the traditions of life on the sea, as well as its superstitions. When he is charged with taking care of the ship cat while the vessel runs through its trials and prepares for its maiden voyage, Jim takes his job seriously. And when the cat gives birth to four kittens, he becomes extra vigilant. He cannot believe how lucky he is to be working on such a beautiful new ship. But while the Titanic is docked at Southampton, Jim spots the cat removing her kittens one by one. Concerned that she has forgotten one, he takes it to her and consequently misses the sailing. His duffle bag, his dreams-gone. Six days later, he learns just how lucky he is. An author's note details how Crisp researched this true story about a ship cat and the boy she saved. Papp's fresh-faced Jim and winsome kittens provide a sense of optimism as they await the great adventure that will never be. The picture-book format works well for this brief episode in the disaster. Reluctant readers will be able to read this amazing tale on their own, while listeners with a taste for longer read-alouds will enjoy hearing it.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
Posted December 9, 2013
I read this in school and the pictures were amaising we were spostr to swich out books like eveatry two to three weeks but i kept it longer on pouprous it is great for any age of kids and adults it is such a afotable bookWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2012
Posted April 11, 2009
I happened to find this book first in the library one day when I was looking for a book to read at the elementary schools during Reading Week! It jumped out at me because of the beautiful cover picture. (And also because I have a cat that looks just like '401'.)
First - this book helps teach young students about a true live event, the sinking of the Titanic! I'm still not sure if the part about the cat is true, but it makes for interesting discussion. It was very appropriate for k thru 5th grades. They all loved it!
Second - it is just the right length to read during a 20-30 minute class and still have discussion time.
Third - the pictures are BEAUTIFUL! It is easy to read while holding up so the students can see the pictures --- BUT... after reading this to approximately 6 different groups, I noticed something..... the story is about a cat and 3 kittens.... near the end of the book, the picture shows 4 very DIFFERENT kittens in the sack! Hate to give that away about the story, but the kids just loved discussing this and learning to read and watch 'very closely' to stories and books.
I LOVE this book - and now need to buy a copy to have on hand each time I am asked to read!