Titanicat (True Stories Series)
  • Titanicat (True Stories Series)
  • Titanicat (True Stories Series)

Titanicat (True Stories Series)

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by Marty Crisp, Robert Papp
     
 

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A boy who has signed on as cabin boy aboard the Titanic helps ready the ship for its maiden voyage, but when it is time to set sail and he cannot find the ship's cat on board, he leaves the vessel to search for her.

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A boy who has signed on as cabin boy aboard the Titanic helps ready the ship for its maiden voyage, but when it is time to set sail and he cannot find the ship's cat on board, he leaves the vessel to search for her.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Based on a true story, this book is prefaced by information about the legendary ship, the Titanic, and its tragic encounter with an iceberg. The text of this picture book quickly turns to the story of an Irish cabin boy Jim, who spies a cat on the deck of the Titanic. Soon, he is assigned the care of the little tortoiseshell. Jim's Da "worked in the Belfast shipyard, so Jim knew all the lore about ships and their cats." The readying of the Titanic for her maiden voyage unfolds in simple text and lushly gold-hued illustrations. Jim's deepening relationship with the cat is framed in the small details about chores to be done and kittens found on B-deck. When the ship docks and the cat goes missing, Jim looks for her, his concern for her growing in small, incremental strokes. Then, he finds her carrying her kittens off the ship and mewing. He interprets this as a sure sign of a difficult journey ahead; at this point, the story is both surprising and inevitable. Crisp has done the work of researching her background, and this gentle tale of the connection between a boy and a cat rings clear and true. A small-print author's note offers additional details. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal

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

Kirkus Reviews
Young Jim Mulholland's very excited to be a cabin boy on the new ship Titanic. It's not only the ship's maiden voyage, but his as well. He deems it good luck when a tortoiseshell cat greets him at the ship's berth. She turns out to be the ship's cat, and Jim is put in charge of her. He discovers she's just had a litter onboard, and Jim has his hands full with both cats and chores. In Southampton, Jim sees the cat taking her kittens ashore as the passengers are boarding. The cat isn't fast enough to get all her kittens, so Jim helps and finds himself stranded on shore as the ship leaves. When news of the disaster breaks, Jim thanks the mother cat for sharing her luck with him. Based on stories that came to light only recently, Crisp's tale is told well enough. Papp's photorealistic paintings are beautiful but overdramatic, and the cats are inconsistently colored. Still, this will please young Titanicophiles and some kitten fans. (bibliography, author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585363551
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
06/05/2008
Series:
Sleeping Bear Picture Books
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
525,092
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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