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Juila Faye Smih
on Sep. 07, 2013 :
This is an excellent book for oral reading by a teacher to a group of reluctant readers. It is a quick and easy read with a story that is easy to follow. Some of the reluctant readers could read it alone, but many would not. Used orally there could be great discussion for those readers would have many thoughts and opinions about the actions, and the non-actions, of these characters. I have found that reluctant readers like to impose themselves into the story and react with "I would have...." and then proceed to tell how they would have solved the problem or gotten out of the situation. This book gives them many opportunities to do that .
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 19, 2013 :
Pratt's account of Isaac Morris's trial after the HMS Wager's shipwreck in Patagonia is an easily read tale of adventure. Crafted for reluctant and/or struggling readers, Morris's voice lends a personal touch to a historical disaster. Middle grade students who are adventure or history fans will be intrigued by the story of the 1740 shipwreck. Pratt's simplistic, first person account of the Wager's fate will keep targeted readers interested. And with a minor page count, struggling readers will experience a feeling of accomplishment when finishing the book. Another reading-esteem booster is that this is such an approachable nonfiction text. Nonfiction tends to be a difficult genre for habitual readers and can seem even more intimidating for struggling readers or unappealing for reluctant readers. The book could also serve as a springboard for research for readers. Because of the simple nature of Pratt's narrative, readers may want more details about the Wager's experience, 18th century exploration in general, or other infamous shipwrecks like the Titanic.
Overall this is a quick, simple read about a real disaster that engages and informs.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 11, 2012 :
A salty tale loaded with adventure, Alexandra Pratt's "Shipwrecked!" is an exciting read for younger kids. The chapters are just long enough to hold a young reader's attention, and the book's language is elegant while still being simple and easy-to-read. In addition to encouraging young readers, "Shipwrecked!" provides a good introduction to historical events in mid-18th century Europe, hopefully one that will prompt kids to want to learn more.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)