Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because April 12th, 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I have heard a lot of things about the Titanic lately (probably because of the anniversary) and I thought other kids would be curious about it.
Titanic -Disaster at Sea
By Martin Jenkins
Illustrated by Brian Sanders
Published by Candlewick Press in 2012, originally published in 2008
31 pages -ages 8+
Theme/Topic – Titanic / History / non-fiction
Opening and Synopsis – “At nine o’clock in the evening on Thursday, April 18th 1912, in the middle of a tremendous thunderstorm, an ocean liner pulled slowly into New York harbor and prepared to dock. The ship was the Carpathia, one of dozens that regularly plied to and fro across the North Atlantic. Normally her arrival would have attracted little attention among the hustle and bustle of the busy port. But this time it was different.”
It was different because the Carpathia had the survivors of the Titanic aboard. This book goes back in time to when the Titanic was built and tells about the ship and how it was designed to be “unsinkable” and who designed and built it. It also tells about the classes of passengers, the crew, the ship’s cargo and the layout of the ship. It describes in detail about the Titanic’s voyage from its launch on April 10th in Southhampton (Great Britain) to when the ship sank in an ice field in the Northern Atlantic Ocean. The book also described how the ship flooded and sank and the rush to get to the survivors.
Why I liked this book – This picture book is meant for a little older kids and I think it is a good book to tell kids about the Titanic especially because of the 100th anniversary of its sinking. The book has a lot of facts, diagrams and details (did you know the Titanic carried 40 tons of potatoes and 3,000 tea cups? 🙂 ). I really liked the illustrations, maps and diagrams, here’s an example-
There were also short biographies of people from different classes on the Titanic. They were of real people on the ship. I really liked how they mixed a lot of scientific information with the story of the Titanic, her passengers, crew and the people who tried to save them.
Activities and Resources –
For cool pictures and videos of the sunken Titanic visit Expedition Titanic !
The official website of the RMS Titanic is HERE.
National Geographic Kids has a bunch of cool Titanic information HERE.
I also want to tell you about a Middle Grade book I reviewed “Titanic – Unsinkable” by Gordon Korman. I know it’s not a picture book, but if a kid liked the Titanic picture book, they may also like this series. It’s a great historical fiction series about the Titanic. See my review of book 1 HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!