Remembering the Titanic

What It Is

This new release is a brief history of the Titanic in honor of the 100th anniversary of its tragic sinking. Historic pictures, paintings and screen grabs from James Cameron’s film illustrate the story of the Titanic from its sailing on April 10, 1912, to its sinking five days later and the rescue of just over 700 survivors out of 2,227 passengers and crew. Also featured are the discovery of the Titantic’s wreckage in 1985 and the last survivor who passed away in 2009.

Why It’s Fun

The heading of “Why It’s Compelling” is a more suitable title for this section since “fun” isn’t necessarily the best descriptor for a book about a disaster. The text is factual, interesting and clear, and the pictures aptly supported the narrative. However, our reading of this book did lead to a “fun” exercise. When learning about major historical events, it’s interesting to research other key events that happened that year. For instance, we live in New England and my third-grader pointed out that Fenway Park had its first ball game just days after the Titanic sank. Also, key births in 1912 include chef Julia Child, artist Jackson Pollack, former First Lady Pat Nixon and crooner Perry Cuomo. The beauty of books is that you never know the journey on which they will take you.

Who’s Going To Love It

There’s no shortage of books and media about the Titanic, and while there’s nothing “groundbreaking” about this selection, it’s a nice pick for youngsters who are just learning the story. The book is written as a “level three” reader and my first-grader could read much of it by herself with some help on the “big words.” My kids were fascinated by the tale of the Titanic, just as I was in elementary school. We all took turns reading pages and they even brought up the Titanic the following day. I’m sure the history of this event will continue to capture their interest for years to come.

Reading Time

About 5-6 minutes

Read-It-Again Points

9 out of 10

Book Information

Written by: Frieda Wishinsky
Published by: Scholastic (2012)
Approximate retail price: $3.99 (paperback)
Publishers recommended age range: 6 & up


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