Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
Titanic: The Ship of Dreams

Titanic: The Ship of Dreams

Spring 2007 Non-Fiction
Ages: 7 & Up
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0-439-89995-8
Hardcover Price: $18.99
Of the many books about the Titanic on the bookshelves, none probably emerge as dramatically as this dazzling pop-up book that looks at one of the twentieth century’s greatest tragedies from the perspective of a fictitious 10-year-old passenger. Young Jack’s insightful diary entries are the ballast of the book, providing an earnest and thoughtful “I was there” voice. But it’s only one of the attractions in these super-sized, glossy, touch-tempting pages.

Readers will be stunned when the Titanic’s massive bow pops out from page one showing just how gigantic this luxury ship really was. Other bells-and-whistles novelties include a porthole-like hardcover, a fold-out replica confirmation letter that Titanic passengers received, a pull-out guide to Morse Code, an artsy double-page spread of the ship’s grand staircase, and a heart-rending pop-up of the dark moment the ship struck the iceberg.

Some of these fold-outs, pop-ups, pull-tabs and other gimmickry that kids love are more compelling than others, but the book is imaginatively designed to leave a lasting impression on young readers. With historical photos and text segments scattered through the pages, the overall effect is to create a first-hand look at what life--and in the end, death--was like on the Titanic. For young Titanic buffs, this book is sure to stay afloat.

Don Oldenburg   ©2007 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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