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Exploring the Titanic: How the Greatest Ship Ever Lost—Was Found Paperback – May 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Madison Press Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897330537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897330531
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,123,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The focus of this book is the recent recovery of the most famous shipwreck of this century. Taller than the Empire State or any building of her day, the Titanic carried three anchors (one weighing 15 tons), had three million rivets and was nicknamed "The Millionaire's Special." Details of her building and maiden voyage are accompanied by photographs and drawings of the ship's many staterooms, ballrooms, lounges, dining rooms, the swimming pool and the huge glass dome over its grand, curving, wrought-iron stairway. All the ship needed was more lifeboats. The night of April 14, 1912, when the ship slowly sank after hitting an iceberg, is retold in equal detail. Then Ballard narrates the years of search using modern technology, which located the ship in 1986 at a depth of 12,690 feet, more than two miles down. Graphs, drawings, sketches, photos and text combine for an excellent book on the famous disaster. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8 In straightforward prose, complemented by excellent illustrations, the story of the Titanic 's first and final voyage as well as that of her rediscovery and exploration is told. The text captures the drama of both the night of the sinking as well as that of the discovery of the great ship on the ocean floor. The technically accurate and lucid explanations are greatly enhanced by Marschall's stunning paintings, as well as by diagrams and current and period photographs. Giving a wealth of detail on both the Titanic 's sinking and the exploration of the wreck 74 years later, this is the title of choice for both report writing and browsing on this topic. Although the glossary is good, it does not cover all unfamiliar words. ``Funnel,'' for example, is not defined and may confuse readers who do not realize that this refers to the smokestack. This is a minor quibble, however, given the general excellence of the work. Exploring the Titanic gives more depth of coverage in better style than does John Dudman's The Sinking of the Titanic (Bookwright, 1988), and is more colorful and compelling than Frank Sloan's Titanic (Watts, 1987). Ann Welton, Lake Dollof Elementary School, Auburn, Wash.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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And of course how she was found by Dr. Ballard & his associates.
History buff
Rich illustrations, amazing photos, and a simple yet poignant storyline make this book easy to understand and enjoy.
Joey
I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like a complete history of the Titanic.
Aimee

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on December 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
I first read this book almost 15 years ago, at age 5 : I loved it, and read it uncountable times. Today it is still just as fascinating. Beautifully illustrated and clearly written, it was the first of many Ballard books that I read. I would also recommend the Discovery of the Bismark and The Wreck of the Isis, just as interesting but less well known. A great way to start reading about the great ships of the past.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joey on April 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is one of the first books about Titanic I came in contact with and I read it all in one sitting. Rich illustrations, amazing photos, and a simple yet poignant storyline make this book easy to understand and enjoy. Written for childern but great for adults too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aimee on December 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
For as long as Robert Ballard can remember, he has been fascinated by the sea. In school he studied marine geology and dreamed of searching for the wreckage of the Titanic. He had the scientific training and experience to head this type of excursion, but had difficulty finding others that believed in his dream. But Ballard did not give up on his hope and eventually teamed up with a group of French scientists to search for the ship's remains. With little information about the exact location of the wreckage and not much time, Ballard and the French team worked non-stop. Using sophisticated underwater tracking devices, Ballard and crew finally found traces of the ship on one of their last days at sea. Word of the discovery spread throughout the world and the crew were greeted as heroes when they returned home. The next year, Ballard returned to the Titanic again and explored it in a submarine.
Ballard tells the whole story of the Titanic from her construction to that fateful night in April, 1912. Interwoven throughout the book are excellent pictures and photographs and several eyewitness accounts of survivors. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like a complete history of the Titanic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joanart@lucent.com on February 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
Puts you there. This author depicts his details of finding the Titanic and all the fears and reverence that goes with it. The illustrations are what first sold me, even tho most are computer enhanced and even computer generated. I prefer that it be stated when that is so; just for those who don't look that close. Sorta takes a little reality away. BUT well worth the LOW price!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
I think that the book was really good because it told about what it was like on board the "Millionairs' Special." The book also talked about some of the places such as the Grand Stair Case and how some of the passengers felt as the greatest ship in the world fell to the bottom of the ocean.Robert explained how he found the huge ocean liner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
I liked this book because it taught me about the story of the Titanic. About how Robert Ballard found the Titanic. I will tell you this if you ever have to do reserch on the real Titanic. This is the book for you! It has information information and TONS of information!!!!!!!!! I really liked this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By seay@stmarks.pvt.k12.tx.us on April 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have used this book for years in my Earth Science class. The students love it and frequently read the entire book the first night. It is an excellant textbook.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is a great summary of the sinking and discovery of the Titanic. My 6 year old loved it as did his parents! I recommend this book highly.
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