T is for Titanic: A Titanic Alphabet
by Michael Shoulders and Debbie Shoulders
In T is for Titanic, husband-and-wife writing team Michael and Debbie Shoulders sift through the stories, documents, and artifacts surronding the famous ship, giving a you-are-there view to one of the greatest disaster stories.
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585361762): 32 pages, 11 (w) x 10 (h), © 2012, 11/01/2011
- PDF (9781410307903): 32 pages, 11 (w) x 10 (h), © 2011, 12/01/2011
- Hosted ebook (9781627535076): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Subject: Language Arts
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
- ATOS Reading Level: 7.4
- ATOS Interest Level: MG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 147813
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Other (JNF025220)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Transportation / Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft (JNF057020)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts / Alphabet (JNF013010)
- Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award List, Short-listed, 2012
- National Parenting Publication Award--Silver in the Book Category, Runner-up, 2012
- California Reading Association's Eureka Silver Honor Award, Runner-up, 2012
- USA Best Book Awards--Hardcover Non-Fiction Category Finalist, Runner-up, 2012
- 2012 USA Best Book Award Finalist - Children's Picture Book - Hardcover Non-Fiction, Short-listed, 2012
A Review of "T Is for Titanic: A Titanic Alphabet" in School Library Journal
Reviewed on 29 February 2012
Gr 2-4–This alphabet book provides introductory information about the ship itself, the people associated with it, and a very basic outline of the events surrounding that fateful night in April 1912. Each page includes a short, rhyming poem, a piece of original artwork, and several paragraphs that flesh out some details, from the Marconi operators who sent out the distress signals, to the dogs that also traveled aboard the ship. The writing is succinct and to the point, offering up conventionally accepted facts that cover a broad swath of territory about the Titanic but leave the depth of knowledge and discussion of more controversial topics to titles for older students. The realistic paintings take up three quarters of each page and provide a helpful visual accompaniment to the text. A solid introduction for young readers.
Author: Michael Shoulders
Having been involved in education for more than 30 years, Dr. Michael Shoulders travels extensively, visiting schools and speaking at conferences across the country. In addition to authoring the companion title, Say Daddy!, he has written several books for Sleeping Bear Press, including G is for Gladiator: An Ancient Rome Alphabet. Mike lives in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Author: Debbie Shoulders
Debbie Shoulders has been an educator for many years, and currently teaches computer technology. She also writes a weekly column about new children’s books for her local newspaper.
Illustrator: Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen was born in the Netherlands in 1951. With his seven brothers and sisters, he grew up exploring nature and his sketch pads were filled with observations from those family outings. Always drawing as a young boy, his father encouraged Gijsbert to make art his career. After high school, he attended and graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in Arnhem, Holland.
Gijsbert, or “Mr. Nick” as many children affectionately call him during his school visits, immigrated to the United States in 1976 and worked as Art Director for the Michigan Natural Resources Magazine for 17 years. In 1995, he illustrated his first children’s book, The Legend of Sleeping Bear, finally fullfilling his dream of illustrating children’s books.
Residing in Bath, Michigan, Nick and his family share their 40-acre farm with sheep, horses, dogs, cats, turkeys, rabbits, chickens, pigeons and a revolving door of orphaned and injured wild life. The family’s nature journals logged 20 years of wild life rehabilitation on the farm and it is through these journals that the popular Hazel Ridge series was created. The farm, the land and the animals make great subjects for the artist to paint.
Mr. Nick travels to schools and conferences to share his passion for drawing—encouraging kids to make their hobby their career.