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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; Reprint edition (February 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756691710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756691714
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 10.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The oversize volume The Story of the Titanic by Eric Kentley opens with brief stories of actual passengers; icons assigned to each allow readers to "follow their different fates" as the tragic tale unfolds. Steve Noon's double-page illustrations offer cutaway views of the "Ship of Dreams" and its lavish interiors. Inset text provides a chronology of the events, from loading the ship to the final exodus. Back matter provides a follow-up history (including the individuals introduced at the beginning) as well as a glossary and index.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Gr 3-8-This attractive, oversized book has those details and cross-sections readers have come to expect from DK, with the added bonus of a unique treatment-a search-and-find element. Each spread features one paragraph of text superimposed on a large, colorful drawing of the ill-fated luxury liner. The pictures detail the building of the ship through the rescue of its survivors. Borders contain facts and trivia and duplications of small scenes and figures from within each picture that readers can search for in the spread. Endnotes illustrated with black-and-white photos describe events and inquiries after April 15, 1911, and the fate of the few passengers introduced in the beginning of the book. This book will spend little time on the shelf.

Lynn Dye, Keheley Elementary School, Marietta, GA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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We had a blast reading and looking at this great book!
Kimberly
Another issue to consider is that the amount of text is very limited.
M. Tennaro
There are lots of details about how the boat is built inside.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Tennaro on December 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you are into wonderfully illustrated books, you need to check this one out. Noon is one of the best illustrators to paint the subject in quite a while.
Story of the Titanic is a slender, but oversized 11 by 14 volume. Through out most of the book every two pages open out to a great double page painting; that's (for the mathematically challenged) 11 by 28! These illustrations tell the story with wonderful cutaway drawings of the interior of the ship. The result is a strong sense of what was happening where during the Titanic's fateful voyage. The amount of detail in each image is amazing, so much so that your eyes can just wander over the page, spotting one neat little artistic touch after another.
There is a minor downside to the book, in that the artist's renditions of the ship's interiors are not as accurate as they should be. Not that Noon has placed rooms on the wrong deck, or anything like that, but he has taken liberties with how many of the cabins looked. Apparently this is most extensive in the first class cabins depicted.
I am not an expert on the ship interiors, but an acquaintance of mine who has made this area his specialty stated that Noon makes it look like every first class cabin was a period suite, while in reality only some of the cabins on B and C decks were this elaborate.
There are some other minor transgressions with how the ship is depicted, but none of these glitches are a fatal flaw. Another issue to consider is that the amount of text is very limited. You are definitely buying this book for the art, not the words. Still, I think most kids (and adults, for that matter) would get a kick out of how the story is depicted in these cutaway paintings. Noon's book has catapulted right onto the list of my five favorite children's books on the subject.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on March 9, 2006
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The illustrations in this book are incredibly detailed - my 5-year-old Titanic fan had a blast looking for every little person, room, etc. The text is written to coincide with the elaborate cut-away views of the interior of the ship and encourages the reader to find fun little details, like two steel workers who are sneaking a break during the construction of the giant liner. So it is akin to a Titanic version of "Where's Waldo." We had a blast reading and looking at this great book!
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By benedicte streubel on April 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought it for my son who first borrowed it a t the library. He so loved it that I went ahead and bought it.
There are lots of details about how the boat is built inside. Very instructive.
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Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I have always been fascinated with the Titanic and am participating in a Titanic Reading Challenge this year.

Just mentioning that this book is published by DK will automatically give you an impression as to what to expect. An oversized, hardcover with a plentiful profusion of illustration and upon the survivor's return photographs and contemporary items such as newspaper headlines. The book takes us on a matter of fact chronological course of events that led up to that fateful night, through the sinking and then finally through photographs of the return of the survivors, the news, the inquiries, short blurbs of some survivors and final information on Ballard's finding of the ship 1985.

Each topic is a two page spread and drawn in cutaways to show the reader the inside of the boat as she stood. The illustration is labeled all over the place, like one of those old Richard Scary word/picture illustrations. Along the top and the bottom of each page are little vignettes of something happening within the large scene and then the reader is supposed to find that little illustration in the larger picture as in a "look-and-find" book. Spending time one will find all sorts of interesting little bits of events going on in the pictures and the occasional humorous one too, like the sailor who happens to be sitting on the toilet in one picture! The pictures are awesome and the cutaways are the perfect way to explore the inside of the ship as we can see where things were situated in comparison to each other.

Though no mention of this is made in the book's copyright page this is a reprinting of an earlier title of the same name.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LEMONY on July 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I GOT THIS BOOK LAST WEEK AND THE FIRST TIME I READ IT I THOUGT IT WAS REAL GOOD!I`M A BIG TITANIC FAN!I COLLECT TITANIC STUFF!
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