Monday, April 16, 2012

National Geographic Kids: Titanic

With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy and all of the media coverage on TV, it's hard not to get caught up in all of stories about the ship, regardless of your age.  My kids, ages 3 and 6, heard the chatter and wanted to know more.  However, the events of this shipwreck are very frightening and sad.  That's why I was so happy to see that National Geographic Kids released just a few weeks ago, a level three reader version of the Titanic story.  National Geographic Kids did a wonderful job of sharing amazing facts about the various luxuries aboard the ship, talked about the many types of people aboard (first, second and third class), and even referenced important words relating to the Titanic in little boxes labeled "Titanic Terms."  For all of the terms not located in the terms boxes,  a glossary was included to describe various vocabulary words related to the ship and tragedy, such as iceberg, bow and hull.  What my kids found most amazing was the information about the wreckage found by Robert Ballard in 1985.  They were intrigued by the underwater photos.  I did skim across a few sentences in the chapter that dealt with the sinking of the ship and the lack of life boats and rescue equipment, but it didn't alter the flow of the book at all.  There was just enough information to satisfy the curiosity of my little ones, without boring or scaring them.  Well done, National Geographic Kids!

Who's it for?  This is a level three book and can be read by lower grade children.  However, most of the book is suitable for an informational read aloud.

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