What Sank the World's Biggest Ship? And Other Questions About the Titanic by Mary Kay Carson
  

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What Sank the World's Biggest Ship? And Other Questions About the Titanic by Mary Kay Carson

Why was the Titanic so huge? Did all the passengers really eat off gold plates? How could an iceberg just appear out of nowhere? Here are the answers to all these and other must-know questions about the building, launch and tragic sinking of the most famous ship of all time. This trivia-rich look back on that fateful night includes gripping, true information that will entice young readers - even if they don't have to write a book report.

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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, this volume inaugurates a new series that employs a question-and-answer format to convey essential information.Here, the format works quite well, the questions being the ones that have so fascinated people ever since the tragedy occurred. Why did everyone think the Titanic was unsinkable? How could an iceberg appear out of nowhere? Did the telegraph operator ignore an important message? What happened to the stranded passengers? The answers are written in clear prose full of fascinating details: The ship was 'the largest human-made moving object in the world'; 'The propellers were as wide as houses'; 'Using cheap rivets likely cost 1,500 lives.

? Why was the ship traveling so fast in an ice field? Why didn't the lookouts have binoculars? The format is irresistible, each answer just long enough to provide essential information...overall this will be a sure hit with young readers. A promising start to a new series. -- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Mary Kay Carson is an award-winning children's nonfiction author. She has written more than 40 books for kids about wildlife, space, weather, nature and history, including Alexander Graham Bell: Giving Voice to the World, The Underground Railroad for Kids, and The Wright Brothers for Kids. Mary Kay also gives presentations at schools about writing and her books. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information go to: www.marykaycarson.com. Mark Elliott has illustrated numerous children's books for HarperCollins, Scholastic, Dial, Knopf and Holiday House. His work has been exhibited in several shows at the Society of Illustrators, The Art Directors Guild and has appeared in numerous Spectrum Annuals. Mark lives in Stamford, CT.

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Paperback
32 pages

Author

Mary Kay Carson
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Publication date

1st March 2012

ISBN

9781402787331


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