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Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-28 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0062907727
LANGUAGE:English

" Glad this story is out in picture book form. " said.

" Amazing collaboration about an event that was highly emotional and dangerous. Written specifically for a younger audience, young readers will be amazed at what these young soccer players and their coach went through and the dedication of the people who saved them. " said.

"What an amazing view into a harrowing current event story. Many kids might not know about this small group of boys from Thailand who survived the early flooding of a cave they were exploring! It showed courage, fear, and perseverance. It shows kids how strong they can be in the face of adversity and just every day. I learned things I didn't know about that team of kids and their ordeal. Truly an incredible piece of our modern history! The story and illustrations had me captivated the minute I started to read. " said.

"We are captivated by events in our communities, cities, states and country, some more than others as a result of personal connections. We have, along with many others, felt much joy and deep sadness, laughed until we cry and wept uncontrollably and known unbearable loss. As citizens of the world, we find ourselves missing a lot of happenings but some capture not only our attention but the attention of people around the globe. We watch and feel with a collective consciousness.

One event, lasting eighteen days, kept the world riveted to any available access to the news. Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, May 7, 2019) written by Susan Hood and Pathana Sornhiran with illustrations by Dow Phumiruk is a moving, memorable and accurate account of those eighteen days. Once you begin this reading the words and pictures will hold you fast until the final page.


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"This is AN INCREDIBLE informational book, mentor text, and story. Brought to life by Susan Hood and Pathana Sornhiran, with fantastic illustrations by Dow Phumiruk, this is the story the Thai soccer boys deserve. The back matter is especially helpful, as are the maps on the end pages! I couldn’t stop reading, and when I got to the parts where poetry and quotes were integrated, my heart sighed with happiness. I can teach all the things with this book. Or I can just read it because it’s awesome in the true sense of the word. Most likely, I’ll do both. " said.

"GRIPPING. WELL WRITTEN with illustrations and a design that make this book worthy of reading more than once. Read this aloud to your students in grades 2-5 (and maybe 1st and of course 6th). Co-authors Hood and Sornhiran and illustrator Phumiruk have made the complexity of what happened, the multi-layered problem, the intensity and urgency of the problem of rescuing these boys clear for their audience. (An important move on the writers' part was to focus in on one boy, Titan, one of the youngest in the group at 11 years old.) The first time you read this aloud, I'd suggest not stopping to discuss much. Let the students absorb. They will be sitting on the edge of their seats, wanting you to turn the page!

THEN, if there's an opportunity, read it aloud again and give students a chance to think more deeply about how the authors and illustrator presented this story and the effect of that presentation. Here are suggestions for an INTERACTIVE (2nd) READ ALOUD -

*Start by letting students look closely at the endpapers. Ask small groups of students to consider this question - "Why do you think the authors and illustrators placed this map of the cave at the beginning and end of the book? What does it automatically reveal to the reader?"
* Read aloud the first page that describes Titan, his friends, his love of soccer. Ask, "Why do you think the authors chose to focus on one boy? What do the authors do on the first page that helps you the reader begin to connect?"
*On the two-page layout that begins "TRAPPED!" read aloud the text (which appears to be written as a poem for this page) or project so that all students can see and read for themselves. Pose this question for student-led discussions, "How does the poem and illustration reveal the magnitude of the problem?" You could pose this same question at several other points like for the two-page layout that begins "Days 5-9" and illustrates the divers making their way through two parts of the cave. You might add, "What do the authors and illustrators do to develop the idea that the rescue would be difficult and dangerous?"
*At several points, Hood and Sornhiran include quotes from The Buddha like "When watching after others, you watch after yourself" and "Give even if you only have a little." You might post a two-page layout with the quote and ask students to consider why the authors chose that quote for that particular part of the story.

ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO WRITE-ILLUSTRATE-CREATE A RESPONSE. Other questions you might pose for discussion or for students to discuss and then write/illustrate in response -
*What was an important part of this story for you? Why?
*How did the rescuers PERSEVERE?
*How does the poem "Teamwork" on the last page of the story relate to the story as a whole?

READ OR VIEW ADDITIONAL SOURCES. Encourage students to ask, "What am I adding to what I already know?" Hood and Sornhiran include YouTube links in their notes. I watched (part of) the one when the boys were first discovered by the divers. Oh, my!

USE THIS AS A MENTOR TEXT - LOVED how Hood and Sornhiran embedded poetry, quotes from The Buddha, headings with the "days," additional note about what happened (in authors' notes), additional fascinating facts, etc. The illustrator also included primary sources - letters from parents to the boys, from the boys to the parents, news headlines--in English and in Thai. There's so many aspects of this book that young writers could explore and then incorporate into their own writing.

WOOHOO!!!! SUSAN HOOD is a GO-TO AUTHOR for me. Loved her books Ada's Violin and Shaking Things Up. DOW PHUMIRUK is a GO-TO ILLUSTRATOR for me. Loved the illustrations in Counting on Katherine. So glad to have met PATHANA SORNHIRAN as a writer.
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" Glad this story is out in picture book form. " said.

" Amazing collaboration about an event that was highly emotional and dangerous. Written specifically for a younger audience, young readers will be amazed at what these young soccer players and their coach went through and the dedication of the people who saved them. " said.

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