All Stations! Distress!: April 15, 1912: The Day the Titanic Sank

All Stations! Distress!: April 15, 1912: The Day the Titanic Sank

by Don Brown

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THE "UNSINKABLE" MEETS THE UNTHINKABLE — A gripping account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic.

It took 4,000 men to build it, 23 tons of animal grease to slide it into the ocean, 100,000 people to wave bon voyage, but only one wrong move to tear the Titanic apart, sinking it into the pages of history. On a cold moonless night in April of 1912, 2,000 passengers—both the uber-rich enjoying a luxury cruise and the dirt-poor hoping to find a new life in America—struggled to survive. Only 700 succeeded. Lifeboats were launched half-full; women were forced to leave their husbands and sons behind; and even those who made it out alive were forever haunted, constantly wondering "why me?" Told through captivating prose and chilling first-hand accounts, Don Brown take the pieces of the broken Titanic and gives it such a vivid shape that you'd swear you've never heard the story before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596432222
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 12/09/2008
Series: Actual Times Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: AD880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Don Brown's previous books include Kid Blink Beats the World, Mack Made Movies and Across a Dark and Wild Sea. He lives on Long Island, New York.

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All Stations! Distress!: April 15, 1912: The Day the Titanic Sank 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book but sad:(""""
amclellan0908 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Author and illustrator Don Brown tells the story of the Titanic for a young audience. The tale of disaster reads like a narrative, from the time that the ship was being built to the picking up of survivors by the Carpathian. Brown incorporates memories from various survivors that would help children better grasp the tragedy. The part of the book I questioned was Brown's assertion that the 3rd class passengers were intentionally locked below the deck until the ship was about to sink. A recent documentary, Titanica, explained that the barricades were not required by the White Star Line but by the U.S. Immigration office, and if the barricades did remain locked, it was due to unintentional omission rather than intentional exclusion. I plan to show this text to my students as an example of how authors write about tragedies for younger audiences. My students have to select a historical or natural disaster, research it, and then write a children's book based on their research. Hopefully, when I share this text with them, it will lead to a discussion of how and what Brown does to explain significant loss of life to elementary students.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
btivis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All Stations! Distress! is a book about the story of the Titanic. It begins with the building of the Titanic and follows all the way through the sinking. It goes on to tell of what became of some of the survivors from that fateful night. I think this book covers a lot of information about the Titanic, but doesn't give a large amount of details. This would be a good book to use to begin the story of the Titanic. I would not use it with very young children, but I think third grade could handle it.If I used this in my classroom, I would use it as a read aloud to introduce the entire issue of the Titanic. After that, I would bring in additional books about the Titanic to give them more details. Two of those books could be Ghost Liners or You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the Titanic.