Tuesday, March 17, 2009

All Stations! Distress!


Brown, Don. 2008. All Stations! Distress! : April 15, 1912: The Day the Titanic Sank. New York: Roaring Brook Press. ISBN: 9781596432222.

The sinking of the Titanic has fascinated every generation since the fateful day on April 15, 1912. Many of the books written about it disaster are above the reading level or comprehension of elementary school students.

All Stations! Distress!, generously illustrated in simple, yet serious watercolor and pencil drawings, is suitable for younger readers. It accurately recounts the gravity of the disaster without sensationalism, focusing instead on the historical facts, (100,000 people watched the initial launch of the Titanic, S.O.S. had only recently been adopted as a distress signal)

as well as the actions and words of individuals on board,

the famous and wealthy owner of Macy's, Isidor Straus started for the lifeboat reserved for women and children , "then returned to her husband, saying, 'We have been together for many years, and where you go I go.' "

The lifeboat went without her and both perished.

A bibliography follows the story. All Stations! Distress! : April 15, 1912: The Day the Titanic Sank fills a grade-specific niche. Grades 4 and up.

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