New Review Tuesday: Titanic Fever
Eleven years ago this month, people were lining up to watch Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio fall in doomed, weepy love in the movie Titanic. Now Kate and Leo are starring in a new movie together, and Titanic fever seems to have sparked once more—only in the world of children's books.
I'm really looking forward to Suzanne Weyn's Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic, which promises a Kate-and-Leo worthy romance for teen readers, but that doesn't hit shelves until the spring.
In the meantime, I'm feeding my Titanic-curiosity with Don Brown's All Stations! Distress!: April 15, 1912, The Day the Titanic Sank. A non-fiction picture book aimed at the upper-elementary crowd, All Stations! is a bittersweet portrait of the ill-fated ship and its passengers. Brown's beautiful watercolors accompany his honest and straightforward retelling of the events, which will no doubt fascinate your historians. Whether or not you cover the Titanic in your social studies curriculum, All Stations! would be a great addition to your classroom library, and a solid model for non-fiction writing.
Do you own any Titanic books for children? If so, what are they, and what do you enjoy about them?