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An anecdotal account of some of the adventurous activities of Molly Brown, with an emphasis on her survival of the sinking of the Titanic.


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An anecdotal account of some of the adventurous activities of Molly Brown, with an emphasis on her survival of the sinking of the Titanic.

30 review for The Heroine of the Titanic: A Tale Both True and Otherwise of the Life of Molly Brown

  1. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    This reads like a tall-tale. Of course, so does the real-life story of Margaret Tobin Brown. She is woven into the fabric of the history of Colorado; all local school children should know something about this bold lady. Blos's book is just one of the many places that kids can cross paths with this local 'heroine.' I hope "Molly" becomes a stepping stone that kids can use to learn more about the era of gold and silver mining in the Rocky Mountains. This reads like a tall-tale. Of course, so does the real-life story of Margaret Tobin Brown. She is woven into the fabric of the history of Colorado; all local school children should know something about this bold lady. Blos's book is just one of the many places that kids can cross paths with this local 'heroine.' I hope "Molly" becomes a stepping stone that kids can use to learn more about the era of gold and silver mining in the Rocky Mountains.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I would teach this book with 3rd to 6th graders. Children younger than this age may not know or understand much or anything about the Titanic. The grade equivalent is 5.8 and the Lexile is 790. This witty, lighthearted biography of Molly Brown, legendary heroine of the West, is told in a boisterous picture book with theatrical flair. Molly Brown was set on three things in life: "having fun, doing good and being sure there's plenty of money." Courageous and confident, she sang in the rough mining I would teach this book with 3rd to 6th graders. Children younger than this age may not know or understand much or anything about the Titanic. The grade equivalent is 5.8 and the Lexile is 790. This witty, lighthearted biography of Molly Brown, legendary heroine of the West, is told in a boisterous picture book with theatrical flair. Molly Brown was set on three things in life: "having fun, doing good and being sure there's plenty of money." Courageous and confident, she sang in the rough mining town of Leadville, Colorado, where she married into money. When the Denver ladies snubbed her, she traveled the world and learned to yodel in Switzerland and to play the ukelele in Honolulu. But she really became a heroine when she sailed on the Titanic, took charge of a lifeboat, and helped many survive. The story has such a good flow making a biography easy to keep up with and be interested. The bouncy, rhythmic storytelling and double-spread illustrations in watercolor and ink evoke the old-style musical comedy in which Molly herself might have sung. The lifeboat scene, with Molly singing and telling stories to the huddled passengers, is the stuff of legend. Often framed with swirling drapes, the pictures are packed with people, action, and lots of objects. In a note at the back, Blos mentions the musical and film The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and the catchy, rhyming verses are like program notes. This book would be great for reading aloud, this is entertainment that's part tall tale, part sentiment, about a woman with a "heart that was as big as a ham."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Austin G

    The tragedy of the Titanic has always been something that really interested me. I remember hearing when I was younger about Molly Brown, so I was happy this book gave me a little more insight into who she was and her experience on the Titanic. Born is rural Missouri, Brown wanted nothing more than to have an adventure. She got his adventure when she married a wealthy man, making her an extremely wealthy woman. However, this wealth did not corrupt her giving spirit but rather enhanced it. The boo The tragedy of the Titanic has always been something that really interested me. I remember hearing when I was younger about Molly Brown, so I was happy this book gave me a little more insight into who she was and her experience on the Titanic. Born is rural Missouri, Brown wanted nothing more than to have an adventure. She got his adventure when she married a wealthy man, making her an extremely wealthy woman. However, this wealth did not corrupt her giving spirit but rather enhanced it. The book describes Brown as being an extremely upbeat about life.. They really made sure to express to the reader how she was a very giving person all throughout the text. Her kind and helpful personality is something that has made her famous. This is due to the fact when Brown was on the Titanic she tried to do whatever she could to help those less fortunate. It has been said that she told her lifeboat to go back and get more people who were tragically left in the freezing water to die. She truly was a heroine during a horrible event in history. I enjoyed this book for several different reasons. One was due to the fact the book is about a strong female in history. I think sometimes the male figures overshadow strong female roles in history, so I enjoyed getting a chance to read about a powerful, giving women. This would be an awesome resource to use in class to show the young female students how much women have contributed positively to history. Another reason I enjoyed this book was due to the fact it was presented to the reader in a unique way, in verse. Historically, not much is known of Brown, however, the book incorporates many facts into her eccentric tale. In addition to the books content, the illustrations are beautifully done. My favorite medium for illustrations is watercolor, so this book filled with beautiful watercolors was a great treat. The illustrations are extremely detailed and colorful, which really adds to the story. I love all of Brown’s outfits really representing her wealth. I would definitely use this book in my future classroom. I think older readers; grade fourth or fifth, would really enjoy the tale of Brown. It would be fun to allow students to do book reports on not so well known historical figures. Brown would be a great example for the lesson.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Summary: This book tells of the life of Molly Brown. She was known for being a positive and loving soul who was always giving to others. This book is not like a typical biography, in that it tells a story and does not just give facts. It is said in the back of the book that not much is known about Molly Brown, but she was definitely a real person who did survive the sinking of the Titanic. Her natural character of being optimistic is what saved her and the passengers on her life boat after the si Summary: This book tells of the life of Molly Brown. She was known for being a positive and loving soul who was always giving to others. This book is not like a typical biography, in that it tells a story and does not just give facts. It is said in the back of the book that not much is known about Molly Brown, but she was definitely a real person who did survive the sinking of the Titanic. Her natural character of being optimistic is what saved her and the passengers on her life boat after the sinking. It goes to show that a positive attitude can take you a long way Response: I picked up this book because I am interested in the Titanic and I thought this would give me more information about it. It did not include as much on the actual Titanic as I was expecting, but I still enjoyed the book. It briefly took me though her whole life and made me feel like I really knew her. It made me happy to read her story since she did so much good for the people around her. This book seems intended to inform readers about the life of a not-so-famous passenger aboard the Titanic, but I see a deeper message. The life of Molly Brown encourages readers to always give to those who need it and good things will come to you. Classroom Connection: I would use this book to be a resource for students to use if they were doing a project about Molly Brown specifically, or about the Titanic in general. Another option for this book could be for a creative writing assignment. The author of this book says that she filled in some of the life of Molly Brown where facts weren't known. Students could do a little research on a famous person, then make up what they think the rest of their biography would contain. Text Complexity: The interest level of this book is grades 3-5. I would agree with that. Children much younger than that may not know about the Titanic. This is also an appropriate age for independent reading of this book. The grade equivalent is 5.8 and the Lexile is 790.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This is a book about the Life of Molly Brown, who was a real survivor of The Titanic in 1912. Molly was known for her positive attitude and loving spirit. She helped people whenever and however she could. This book presents a biography in a different way than I have been used to. It's not just a book about Molly's life but rather a story that captures the reader immediately. Molly had three goals in her life, and those were to have fun, do good, and have plenty of money. Throughout her life, she This is a book about the Life of Molly Brown, who was a real survivor of The Titanic in 1912. Molly was known for her positive attitude and loving spirit. She helped people whenever and however she could. This book presents a biography in a different way than I have been used to. It's not just a book about Molly's life but rather a story that captures the reader immediately. Molly had three goals in her life, and those were to have fun, do good, and have plenty of money. Throughout her life, she accomplished all of these goals. Even when the Titanic was sinking, she did everything she could to help others around her instead of only caring about her own well-being. I think this would be a great book for 3rd to 5th graders. A project on the Titanic or a unit on the Titanic and you could easily work this book in. It would be a good biography for literature circles for 4th and 5th graders. I think kids would enjoy this version of a biography because it doesn't seem "boring" like one would think a traditional biography might be. Great book, must have in classroom library!

  6. 4 out of 5

    VerJean

    Short juvie story to read as .pdf on computer. Had thought there would be a bit more text and details. However, the artwork alone was delightful - some catchy poems and a quick factual timeline of her life before and after Titanic were interesting.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    What are your three goals for life? Molly's goals were to have fun, do good and have plenty of money. She did accomplish all of the goals. She provided reassurance and hope to those on the lifeboat from the Titanic wreck. The book provides a lot of facts in a little amount of space. What are your three goals for life? Molly's goals were to have fun, do good and have plenty of money. She did accomplish all of the goals. She provided reassurance and hope to those on the lifeboat from the Titanic wreck. The book provides a lot of facts in a little amount of space.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cws

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    A fun accompaniment to our trip to the Molly Brown house in downtown Denver. Sadly, their gift shop didn't sell this book. A fun accompaniment to our trip to the Molly Brown house in downtown Denver. Sadly, their gift shop didn't sell this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This is an interesting biography that happens to be written in verse. It would be a good companion text to traditional informational texts about the TItanic.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gabe

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robin Stansel

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dana Williams

  16. 4 out of 5

    Martha

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Buckley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christian

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diane Heath

  20. 4 out of 5

    C.M

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This book is a biography about Molly Brown, a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic. I chose this book as my biography because I have always been interested and intrigued by the story of the Titanic. Joan W. Blos portrays this story well, and just like the title says, "A Tale Both True and Otherwise...," there are some facts, but also some fiction in order to keep the story interesting and more relatable and understandable for younger readers. I would suggest this book to anyone interested in t This book is a biography about Molly Brown, a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic. I chose this book as my biography because I have always been interested and intrigued by the story of the Titanic. Joan W. Blos portrays this story well, and just like the title says, "A Tale Both True and Otherwise...," there are some facts, but also some fiction in order to keep the story interesting and more relatable and understandable for younger readers. I would suggest this book to anyone interested in this topic, particularly 4th or 5th graders, but younger children could have it read aloud to them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nina

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Bradford

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kaiton

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth P

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brigitte Bosshardt

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stefany Bradford

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jay

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