A Great Resource to Study the 100th Anniversary of the Titantic

Book: Titanic Voices from Disaster

Author: Deborah Hopkinson

Published by: Scholastic Press

Age Recommendation: 8 and up

Use: Read aloud, historical non-fiction for studying the Titanic, independent student reading

Book Summary: (Amazon.com)

Critically acclaimed nonfiction author Deborah Hopkinson pieces together the story of the TITANIC and that fateful April night, drawing on the voices of survivors and archival photographs.

Scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the TITANIC, a topic that continues to haunt and thrill readers to this day, this book by critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices and stories of real TITANIC survivors and witnesses to the disaster — from the stewardess Violet Jessop to Captain Arthur Rostron of the CARPATHIA, who came to the rescue of the sinking ship. Packed with heartstopping action, devastating drama, fascinating historical details, loads of archival photographs on almost every page, and quotes from primary sources, this gripping story, which follows the TITANIC and its passengers from the ship’s celebrated launch at Belfast to her cataclysmic icy end, is sure to thrill and move readers.

My Thoughts:

As the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic approaches in April, many homeschoolers will decide to study that tragic night. The new book by Deborah Hopkinson, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, is one of the best resources for the purpose of studying the disaster. The book contains diagrams and pictures, a timeline, survivor letters, and narrative accounts. Your children will be captivated by the narrative accounts from a stewardess, a nine year old boy, wealthy gentlemen, and more. The book brings the tragedy to a tangible level your children will appreciate. The book is not stuffy or filled with raw numbers in black and white. It is a mix of facts and experiences that make you wonder what it may have been like to be on the Titanic 100 years ago.

I highly recommend this book if you plan to study the disaster or if you have a child interested in the Titanic.

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