Titan­ic: The Incred­i­ble Tale of the Unsink­able” Moshe Wallas

Avra­ham Ohay­on; Dan & Yoel Bar-Lev, illus.

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By – March 8, 2018

In this moral­i­ty tale told in graph­ic nov­el style, a young man with a tal­ent for busi­ness becomes suc­cess­ful and for­gets the mod­est world of his par­ents’ small Euro­pean vil­lage, where his father, a car­pen­ter, stud­ies the Torah every day. He for­gets that he promised his par­ents that even if he became suc­cess­ful, he, too, would make time for Torah study. Instead, his great finan­cial suc­cess goes to his head and blinds him to the val­ues he learned in his youth.

He is aboard the noto­ri­ous Titan­ic when he learns he has been hit with a great finan­cial rever­sal and has lost all his wealth. In dis­tress, he recalls the lessons his par­ents taught him about faith in God and being a good per­son, and he resolves to repent. He ends up eval­u­at­ing his life as he floats on a piece of drift­wood in the freez­ing Atlantic Ocean, after the sink­ing of the great ship.

His sin­cere repen­tance even­tu­al­ly leads to his acquir­ing greater wealth than before, but now his life is ded­i­cat­ed to doing good deeds and study­ing Torah.

There’s not much sus­pense, as it’s clear from the start that there will be repen­tance, a hap­py end­ing, and appro­pri­ate lessons taught. How­ev­er, this is a cre­ative way to teach those lessons and will enter­tain read­ers ages 9 to 12.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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