Book Review: Eva and Little Kitty on the Titanic

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Eva and Little Kitty on the Titanic 

Written and Illustrated by Sidsel Carnahan 
Published April 23, 2012 (Presently, only available in digital format.)
Genre/Topics: Realistic Fiction, Titanic, Biography
Ages: 6-8
Pages: (I read this book on a pdf document which was 25 pages.)  

This is the partial true story of a Titanic survivor, Eva Hart. Eva is only seven years old when she boards the grand ship, Titanic, with her mother and father from England. Her father is very excited about their journey to America on the Titanic whereas her mother is unsure and believes something bad may happen. Eva asks if she can bring her Kitty on the ship, but is told no. However, this doesn’t stop Eva from hiding Kitty and secretly bringing the cat with her. Eva meets two young boys and she shows Little Kitty. She’s puzzled what to do about Little Kitty at night, because her mother is so worried she stays awake at night. The Captain notices Eva and asks if he can help. He states that Little Kitty can sleep in his cabin at night. One night, Eva is suddenly woken up and told to quickly dress. Her father takes Eva  to the top deck. They are told that the Titanic hit an iceberg and everyone must get into lifeboats. Eva remembers Little Kitty and hurries to the Captain’s cabin. At first, only women and children enter the lifeboats so she leaves her father behind. Eva snuggles with Little Kitty and keeps close to her mother until they are rescued.

I thought Eva and Little Kitty on the Titanic was a delightful book while also being educational. I believe this is a good introduction to the Titanic tragedy for younger ages. The story is sweet and simple as you learn about a young girl exploring the ship. I also thought it was interesting that there were different opinions within the family: the father was excited and proud to be on the Titanic, yet the mother believed nothing could be unsinkable and had negative thoughts. Although the illustrations were nice and wholesome, I wasn’t personally fond of them. The style almost appeared out-dated. However, I still enjoyed the lovely story to introduce the Titanic.

Eva Hart was one of the last remaining Titanic survivors who died at age 91. Eva Hart was very outspoken about the Titanic sinking. She  once stated: “If a ship is torpedoed, that’s war. If it strikes a rock in a storm, that’s nature. But just to die because there weren’t enough lifeboats, that’s ridiculous.”

Eva with her parents

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Eva and Little Kitty on the Titanic

    thiskidreviewsbooks said:
    June 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I was always interested in the Titanic. I would love to read this! 🙂

      Caroline responded:
      June 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Yes, the tragedy always interests people. I bet you’d enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

    Tarissa said:
    June 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I have read Sidsel Carnahan’s book on the Titanic too. I thought it was quite wonderful, both the story and illustrations. Very cute, and I’d definitely recommend it to any of my young reading friends!

      Caroline responded:
      June 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Yes, it was a lovely book about the Titanic with a real survivor in the story. Thanks for your comment.

    creative1975 said:
    July 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    This sounds like a lovely story and as you said a good introduction to children about the terrible Titanic tragedy. If my daughter was younger I would be buying this book to read to her. I read your bio about being a teacher and reading aloud to your students. It sounds wonderful. I used to love to read aloud in class when I was child and reading books is encouraged much more these days amongst the young than it was in my school days. It must be very satisfying reading wonderful stories to them and watching them engage and enjoy.

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