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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Gary Crew is the author of many books for children and young adults, including First Fight and The Watertower, both of which were named Children's Book Council of Australia Books of the Year for Children's Illustrated Books. This is Mr. Crew's first book for HarperCollins. He resides in Queensland, Australia.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4–According to the author's note, this this story is based on a true incident. Edith Rosenbaum, a prominent fashion designer of the day, is sailing on the Titanic, accompanied by a music-box pig given to her by her mother as a good-luck charm. As the pig explains, after the collision with the iceberg, Edith wants to let someone else take her place in the lifeboat, but a sailor, mistaking the pig in her arms for a baby, grabs it and throws it into a lifeboat and Edith follows. Throughout the long cold hours until rescue, Maxixe plays his little tune over and over, buoying the spirits of the children onboard. Crew's text deftly captures the drama of that night, while Whatley's realistic watercolors showcase the grandeur and opulence of the doomed ship as well as the frenetic activity as it was abandoned. The subject of the Titanic is of perennial interest to children, and this well-told slice of life, with its emphasis on a single compassionate act, should prove popular.– Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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