Silent Night by Joseph MohrSilent Night, illustrated by Susan Jeffers.
The classic Christmas carol Silent Night - Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht in the original, it was composed by an Austrian priest named Joseph Mohr, set to music by local schoolmaster and oragnist Franz Xaver Gruber, and first performed in Oberndorf bei Salzburg in 1818 - is used as the text for this lovely holiday book, with accompanying artwork by Susan Jeffers. Each two-page spread features a sentence or two, with full-page color illustrations depicting the scene being mentioned in the text. The result is a gentle, contemplative Nativity story that makes for a wonderfully quiet reading experience.
Reissued in 2003 with new cover art, Susan Jeffers interpretation of this beloved carol was first published in 1984, and it is this earlier edition that I read. With such a simple text, there isnt much of a story, but the artwork fills in the blanks, and when read while listening to a recording of the carol - I chose a performance done by The Deller Consort, myself - the experience is quite evocative. I was reminded of candle-lit Christmas Eve carol services I have attended, over the years. Although Jeffers, who has done quite a few well-received fairy-tale retellings as well, is not one of my very favorite illustrators, I do enjoy her work, and this was no exception. The scenes with the angels were particularly well done, making it no surprise that they ended up on the cover of the new edition.
100 unsinkable facts about the Titanic
Video highlights from Drain the Titanic. The official number of lives lost on the Titanic has never been agreed upon universally due to the original passenger and crew list having misspellings, aliases, and omissions, as well as failure to count certain contracted employees, including the musicians on board, as either crew or passengers. Since the liner was American-owned, but British-registered, and carried over 2, passengers and crew from many different nationalities, that made it harder still to come to agreement. During initial hearings, the US Senate committee listed that 1, lives were lost, but the British Board of Trade listed the number at 1, Phil Gowan, a Titanic historian who was interviewed by National Geographic for Save the Titanic, has spent decades tracking down descendants of passengers and putting together a database. His tally: 1, died.
Titanic carried over 2, people on its maiden voyage, but it was only half full when it set sail. People were travelling for lots of different reasons. Businessmen needed to make important deals, holidaymakers travelled for leisure and some people just wanted to experience life on board the world's biggest and most luxurious ship. A lot of families were travelling to make a better life for themselves in America. Many of the passengers saw it as something to be proud of, a bit like looking for your photo in the paper these days. First class passengers were some of the richest and most important people of the time.
But how much do you know about this world-famous ship? She was completed and ready for the ocean on 31 March , after three years in construction in Belfast , Northern Ireland. On route, she called by Cherbourg in France and Queenstown in Ireland to pick up more passengers. Historians think this may be the result of links in our language to Ancient English. Or perhaps it dates back to the idea of goddesses protecting ships on dangerous journeys!
The class system of the early twentieth-century was played out on Titanic as it was elsewhere in Britain. For first class passengers on board the Titanic, life was .
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Discover the fate of this infamous ship
Her last signal rocket flared out a century ago. And the desperate cries from her decks became still a long time past. She took 1, women, men and children to the bottom of the ocean with her, including some of the most famous names of her time. But Titanic's voyage continues - in movies, books, TV shows and the public's fascination. Part historic chronicle, part human drama, part paranormal thriller, the tale of the doomed ship still has us in its hooks. Today her story shifts like starlight sparkling on sea ice. Accounts and numbers differ, research changes "myth" into "fact," and vice versa.