May 07, 2010

Book Log: The Heroine of the Titanic

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

By Joan W. Blos illustrated by Tennessee Dixon

Molly Brown was a spitfire, for lack of a better word. On the night she was born a cyclone howled in Hannibal, Missouri – some would say a sign of some sorts.  She loved to share tall tales, and jokes.  She loved being in the spotlight.

Molly had many adventures in her life.  She had three goals – to have fun, to do good, and to get rich.  She managed to do all three.

Molly was traveling on the R.M.S. Titanic during that tragic voyage.  She was placed in lifeboat #6 with twenty-six other passengers and a member of the crew.  The crewman, overwhelmed with despair, cried out “All will be lost!”   Molly immediately took charge and did what she did best - she told stories, and jokes to keep up her spirit and to encourage the others until the rescue ships arrived.  Molly did more than that though; she rowed the boat, gave her coat to help others keep warm and never gave up hope.

Molly  became “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” from then on.  She spent the later part of her life trying to do good, by helping out the needy.

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