Magic Tree House Fact # 7 - Research Guide: Titanic

by Mary Pope Osborne

Other authorsSal Murdocca (Illustrator), Will Osborne
Hardcover, 2002



Local notes

PB Osb




Random House Books for Young Readers (2002), Paperback, 144 pages


Explores the history of the steamship Titanic, from Thomas Andrews' plans for "the safest ship on the ocean" to the lingering questions concerning its disastrous maiden voyage in 1912.


Physical description

144 p.; 7.6 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member Smiley91123
Good for a school project on the Titanic.
LibraryThing member TFS93
This is wonderful for a child doing a report. The facts are concise, and simple, and bring the story of the passengers to life. The illustrations and pictures were interesting. This book could open up a great discussion with your children, and many of the answers you seek are right her in this book.
LibraryThing member abenne6
I have never known the truth about the Titanic and this book helped me to find out things that I did not know. There are a lot of unanswered questions about what happened to the Titanic. For example, Why did the Titanic sink? One thing that I liked about this book is that although it is a chapter
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book it has facts and pictures throughout the book that help to break up the text. For instance, on the first couple of pages it gives a fact that the Titanic was as big as three football fields and as tall as a 11 story building. These are facts that can help a reader to get in the mindset of the book and thinking about what they are reading. This book is very well put together because it includes a lot of information and pictures that are very descriptive. There are sidebar notes from Jack and Annie that explain different facts in the book that may be confusing. Having two children to follow through out the book makes the book more relatable for children. This book can be a great book for a child that is transitioning from easy chapter books or picture book into chapter books with more words. A child could also use this book if they were doing a report. This book has all of the components that can capture a child's attention when reading a chapter book. In the back of the book there was also an index that allows a child to search the back of the book and find where the information can located. This book was entertaining for me being an adult so I know that children enjoy this book. I learned a lot from it and would read another book from the Magic Tree House. Overall, this was a wonderful book.
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LibraryThing member areyno5
Fact Tracker: Titanic
The Magic Tree House “Fast Tracker: Titanic” by Will and Mary Pope Osborne, is a wonderful informational book for young readers to learn from. The book has descriptive language, but handles a historical topic by using language that readers can easily understand. “Captain
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Smith also ordered his look-outs in the crow’s nest to keep a careful watch. If they saw any ice, they were to call the bridge at once.” When there is language that the reader may not be familiar with, there is a notation on the side defining the term. In that sentence, “bridge” is defined on the side as “the room from which the captain and his officers steer the ship”. The writing is organized and tells the history of the titanic in a chronological sequence. The book begins with the building of the titanic and follows through to when the ship sinks. Another great feature of this book is the illustrations. There are real pictures on board the titanic and of artifacts found on the bottom of the ocean. Additionally, there are photographs and a description of several passengers on board the titanic. For example, “John Jacob Astor was one of the richest men in the world. He was on his way home from his honeymoon in Europe and Egypt with his new wife, Madeleine.” Finally, at the back of the book a “doing more research” section is included. This provides readers with books, dvds, and websites they can use to learn more about the history of the Titanic. The big idea of this book is to educate the reader about the history of the Titanic!
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