Pig on the Titanic

Pig on the Titanic : A True Story

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A pig on a passenger liner?
No! No! It's me ...
Maxixe, the music box pig!

Everyone knows the story of the night the great ship Titanic sank. But few know the story of Maxixe, one of the unsung heroes of that night, and how this small musical pig soothed the fears of a lifeboat full of children. Based on true events, this dramatic story by author Gary Crew is told through the charming and compassionate voice of Maxixe, and is brought to life by the stunning artwork of illustrator Bruce Whatley.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 221 x 281.9 x 12.7mm | 294.84g
  • HarperCollins Children's Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0060523050
  • 9780060523053

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Not a living pig, but a musical toy carried on board by a passenger, Maxixe (pronounced "Mash-eesh," though readers are left to look that up for themselves) describes how its simple dance tune helped to keep up the spirits of a lifeboat full of children through that tragic "night to remember." In Whatley's crisply detailed reconstructions, the smiling white piglet seems to glow in its owner's arms as it's carried through Titanic's palatial rooms, past elegantly dressed passengers, and then into a boat crowded with fearful-looking children. Rescue comes at last, and Maxixe's narrative ends amid smiles of relief. Capped by a closing note and a later photo of the pig, and owner Edith Rosenbaum, this, like Daisy Spedden's more detailed Polar the Titanic Bear (1996), lends the historical catastrophe immediacy for younger audiences while downplaying its horrific aspects. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews)
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