I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
Ten-year-old George Calder can't believe his luck -- he and his little sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their Aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to expl ...more
I love reading about the Titanic, and this I SURVIVED #1 edition was no exception.
It moved along quickly, gave historic facts by true life person Thomas Andrews (Titanic designer who went down with the ship) is well-plotted and has intense graphic action I did not expect from a middle grade read.
It also reminded me of a Titanic "mummy" myth that plays well into the storyline.
My 3'rd but not last I SURVIVED.
I had two different reactions from my children by the end of the book. My daughter, who is sensitive, liked the story but was so saddened by the tragedy of the Titanic that she couldn’t sleep afterwards. The author deftly drew ...more
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Titanic is one of those disasters that just captures the imagination. My dad kind of started me being fascinated with this when he got the Titanic movie with Kate Winslet way back when. I didn't care for then (or now ) the romance beetween the leads and I liked Leo's character more than Kate's. I remember making my mom laugh when I told her that the parts when the ship starts to sink were more exciting (I was 13 I think when the movie was out on VHS).
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I like this one!
It has an interesting story, characters I cared about, very intense throughout and has some cool illustrations (though is mostly prose).
It is predictable (view spoiler)[ (the series is called I Survived and is about history which I’m already interested in, so won’t be surprised if I end up having that problem throughout the series.) (hide spoiler)] and one chapter in this really seemed like filler (the panther scene, had barely anything to do with it).
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Amazing examples to help teach:
- Historical Fiction
Highly recommend this series for any elementary and middle school classroom!
I’m obviously not the target age for this book, so I won’t complain about the simplistic writing. I think it did a good job of describing the disaster overall, but it was very light on details. It’s a kid’s book so I get it, but it didn’t even talk about the ship breaking in two, which I thought was odd. I did like the inclusion of the mumm ...more
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, is the first in a series of historical fiction chapter books written for upper elementary readers. The author, Lauren Tarshis, notes that the facts about the Titanic are true, but the characters are fictional. Tarshis tells a gripping tale of how George (a ten-year-old boy) and his family survived the tragic loss of the “unsinkable” Titanic on April 15, 1912. The story begins with a “flash-forward” ...more
I like that the interaction between George and his sister. All of George's mischief gets him into lots of trouble and this time his exploration of the ship saves their lives. The unsinkable ship is sinking and they get trapped below deck and need to find a way out. Lots of suspense from escaping from a stowaway with a knife, being caught behind locked doors, told he couldn't get o ...more
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 the author took a fact-filled historical event and made it personal instead of one big event. This is read through a small group of people’s points of view and told in a way that I feel like I was there for the sinking of the Titanic. This is one of those books that no matter the subject I am transported into that time and place.
George and his sister Phoebe are being invited to sail on the biggest and safest ship in the world. T ...more
Another reviewer, Phillip, recommended one of the books in the series, and I decided to get them all from my library!
I really enjoyed it this story! I love learning new things and Ms. Tarshis writes about the past so vividly, it is like she was actually there; you get the feeling that she is telling you about personal events!
I can fully understand why students would enjoy reading ...more
This book was really interesting, I liked how it didn't focus on one person but really focused on different characters. people who like the I Survived s ...more