Title: The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912I Survived - The Sinking of the Titanic
Author: Lauren Tarshis
Illustrator: Scott Dawson
Pages: 96
Recommended Ages: 8 – 12
Star Rating: ★★★★★

Yet another story in the I Survived series.

The Story.

George Calder and his sister Phoebe are traveling with their Aunt Daisy on the Titanic. Not only is it a floating palace – it’s also a pretty fun playground! Of course, Phoebe never has any trouble behaving – no, she spends all of her time trying to keep George out of trouble. But sometimes he just can’t resist the urge to explore the hold or slide down the banister of the Grand Staircase…

But during the early morning hours of April 15, 1912, there’s no time for George to goof – instead he must bend all of his energies to getting his sister and aunt off the ship. At ten years old, it’s not certain whether he will be considered a man or a child, whether he’ll be allowed to escape or forced to remain…

Who will survive this tragedy?

Discussion.

I’ve found that all of the I Survived stories feature good relationships between parents and their children. Not perfect relationships – often there is initial friction – but always positive ones. In this case, George is a little frightened of his father, who has threatened to send him to army school. He misses his mother who died when he was younger, and sometimes feels alone in his grief. But by the end of the story, George has matured and he learns that his father and he have more in common than he realized.

George and his sister, Phoebe are very affectionate with each other – refreshingly so.

The story briefly explores the possibility that a mummy on board the Titanic brought bad luck to the ship, but this is rejected by the end of the story, though not before George takes it upon himself to wiggle into the hold and open up the mummy case to see it for himself… (Um, private property, George!) He rather learns his lesson, but I won’t reveal how. : )

George tells one lie to get himself out of a physically dangerous situation.

Conclusion. Good. While not the most educational resource on the Titanic, this story will still familiarize your child with the scenario.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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