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All Stations! Distress!: April 15, 1912: The Day the Titanic Sank (Actual Times) Hardcover – December 9, 2008

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Starred Review. Grade 3–5—On the title-page spread, a Titanic crew member confides that "God himself could not sink this ship!" preparing readers for the well-known fate of the "unsinkable" steamer. A combination of poor choices and bad luck dogged the Titanic on its maiden voyage from England to New York, and controversy remains about its design, its speed in the iceberg-laden North Atlantic, and the lack of preparations for evacuation. Brown's watercolor illustrations capture the grandeur of the ship and the enormity of the failed escape: a mass of angry passengers confronts a crewman waving a gun, the steerage passengers are released to find that many of the lifeboats have been lowered half-empty, and survivors watch from a capsized lifeboat as the ship upends and sinks into the ocean with hundreds of passengers trapped onboard. Brown includes first-person testimony in the narrative, which ends with the rescue of some of the survivors. This is a wonderfully accessible version of an endlessly fascinating subject.—Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM
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This compact book begins with a few basic facts and a rendering of the construction of the ship. It then moves to the excitement of the launch, though even that is clouded with this ominous statement: “Titanic needed more months to be fully fitted, but a ship launching is something of a birth . . . No one could have guessed that she would be dead within a year.” Fast forward to the day before the catastrophic events. Brown gives a quick description of the types of passengers before providing a play-by-play portrayal of the events leading up to the ship’s sinking and, then, the rescue of some of the passengers. While the riveting text could stand alone, the illustrations are an integral part, enhancing without overwhelming. They are appropriately somber, filled with action, but not overly dramatic. This is an excellent example of how a complex topic can be made accessible and interesting to young children. Grades 1-3. --Randall Enos
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: AD880L (What's this?)
  • Series: Actual Times (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596432225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596432222
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2009
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Captain Smith and Thomas Andrews, the shipbuilder, declared that "the wound was fatal." The great unsinkable Titanic had suffered a mighty blow to the starboard bow and by their calculations, she could only remain afloat for a very short period of time.

The ship's passengers and crew quickly came to life as the ship began its decent to the bottom of the sea. Passengers soon found out that the Titanic had struck an iceberg. It was April 15, 1912, a day that would be remembered for a very long time. Passengers began to awake and rise from their beds to find out what all the commotion was about. Water began to flood below decks. The excitement and fear began to grow as it was evident that not all the 2,200 passengers on board were going to make it to their destination, let alone survive the night.

Jack Phillips and Harold Bride, the ship's radio officers, were desperately busy sending out a new signal for help . . . SOS! The Titanic was in dire need of help! The Carpathia heard and was on its way.

This book had a nice flow to it, a lot of excitement and tension. The beautiful watercolors bring a lot of grace and dignity to this work. I loved the story, but I must admit, I did break into a wide smile when I saw the name Charles Joughin, chief baker on the Titanic. He was purportedly a tad tipsy (well, maybe a LOT tipsy) when he entered the water. This probably saved his life, but in the book it simply states that he used the ship's "railing as a ladder and climbed to the rear of the ship. When she plunged, he neatly hopped off at the water's surface, barely wetting his hair."
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Well written , beautifully illustrated. A must have for any child that is into the Titanic. Don Brown is a storyteller with his writing and this book is an excellent example. Thrilled to have gotten this for our 10 year son.
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My students LOVE reading about real events. This was a fun addition to my classroom library.
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