The Titanic: Lost and Found (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4)

by Judy Donnelly

Other authorsKeith Kohler (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1987



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Random House Books for Young Readers (1987), Paperback, 48 pages


A simple account of the sinking of the Titanic and the discovery of its remains many years later.


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48 p.; 9.04 inches


0394886690 / 9780394886695



User reviews

LibraryThing member Cottonwood.School
A simple account of the sinking of the Titanic and the discovery of its remains many years later.
LibraryThing member Jennifer_Schultz
While Titanic fever seems to have died a bit (I think pirate fever has too, even before the recent troubles), it's still a fascinating subject for quite a few kids. For young readers, this will be a good introduction. Also includes the safety regulations put into place after the disaster.
LibraryThing member amanda.h
Summary: This book is about the ship that sank in 1912, the Titanic. It recounts what happened, and what caused the ship to sink, which was hitting an iceberg that had punched holes in the side of the ship. It also shows several pictures to help with the imagery of the event. The main message from this book was that the titanic was thought to be unsinkable, but that was very untrue.
Personal reaction: I enjoyed this book. This was one of the first chapter books I read when I was younger and I remember being fascinated by the history of the ship and it's sinking. This book would definitely be a good book to get children interested in historical events.
Classroom extension:
1: This book would be perfect when teaching about the sinking of the titanic, because it recounts the events without being too factional for children to understand.
2: This book would also be wonderful in literature circles. Since the material is more factual than fictional, It would help the children understand the book and the event much more than just reading it on their own.
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LibraryThing member nmillsio
48 pages
2-3rd grade
Informational Picture Storybook
Donnelly’s book is an very broad look at the Titanic, the day it sank, and Robert Ballard’s search to find it years later. The book is appropriate for younger children as it moves swiftly through the tragic event without any gory details of drowning passengers. I’m not sure it’s appropriate for an exact death tally to be cited for a second grade class (“2,227 people set sail and only 705 were rescued”). That type of information could potentially give a young child anxiety or nightmares. I enjoyed Kohler’s illustrations, which were directly referenced frequently in the text. Maps of the Atlantic Ocean and diagrams of the structure of the boat were employed successfully.
This book was written for children that are younger than I would teach. I do think, however, that it is an overall gentle introduction into a tragedy where hundreds of people died and would be suitable for most younger children.
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