Brewster, Hugh. Inside the Titanic. Illustrated by Ken Marschall. Madison Press, 1997. ISBN 0-316-55716-1. $18.95. 32 pp.” 5-8 PB NF Reviewed by Lanell Rabner In keeping with our current fascination with the Titanic disaster, Marschall and Brewster have invited readers of all ages to explore the “unsinkable” luxury liner firsthand. Marschall, noted painter and Titanic authority, escorts the reader along with two young passengers--one first class, the other third class--as they discover this legendary ship for themselves. Rich, oversized illustrations and wonderfully detailed cutaways reveal staterooms, third-class berths, kitchens, dining saloons, the boiler room, Turkish Baths and the Gymnasium, promenades, and the Grand Staircase. Marschall also takes the reader to the bridge on the night of the fatal encounter with the iceberg. He then details the loading of the lifeboats on the boat deck, while showing the ever-increasing flooding of the compartments below. Finally, he creates a visual presentation of the breaking apart of the great ship and its sinking into a watery grave two miles beneath the sea. The final chapter of the book recounts the rescue of the Titanic survivors by the Carpathia. A glossary provides young readers with definitions of ship-related terminology, and the recommended reading list encourages further reading on the topic.
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