Shipwrecked! R.

Pedersen, Frank. Shipwrecked! R. 2000.

A young sailor, William Wainwright, is shipwrecked and cast up on a desert isle in the Indian Ocean in this very brief take on Robinson Crusoe. William must solve the problems of how to get the basics for living—shelter, food, water, and fire—using only what he is able to find on his island (coconuts, leaves, rocks, and bits of shipwreck).  Kids like imagining how to build

TAGS: fiction, historical fiction, building, engineering, technology, sailors, ships

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Finding the Titanic. Q.

Ballard, Robert D. Finding the Titanic. Q. 1993.

A more complex book about the Titanic than others. The book alternates between a historical narrative following one twelve-year-old girl exploring and then escaping the ship and a discovery narrative closely following the archaeological team. Kids who are interested probably have outside knowledge from more recent books. Illustrated with detailed paintings as well as period photographs and photographs of the archaeological process. Chapters are 6-10 pages long.

TAGS: Nonfiction, chapter, ships, titanic, history, transportation, shipwrecks, disasters, archaeology, movie, q

The Titanic: Lost… and Found. N.

Donnelly, Judy. The Titanic: Lost… and Found. N. 1987.

This is a nonfiction book about the size and details of the Titanic, the shipwreck, and, finally, the discovery of the wreck 75 years later.  The story of the wreck is a narrative but does not follow any one person in particular.  Kids who are interested probably have outside knowledge from more recent books.  With illustrations in marker. Chapters are 10-15 pages long.

TAGS: Nonfiction, chapter, ships, titanic, history, transportation, shipwrecks, disasters, archaeology, movie, n

Transportation through Time. P.

Hammonds, Heather. Transportation through Time. P. 2003.

The histories of ships, carriages, cars, trains, balloons, dirigibles, airplanes, spaceships and more are detailed with pictures and question prompts. Yellow bolded words go to a glossary in the back. “Imagine…” question prompts can be poorly worded and confusing to kids (like implying there were no cars before 2003!).

TAGS: Nonfiction, history, cars, horses, airplanes, moon, outer space, trains, ships, P