Bookmark Monday: Great Grapes, Titanicat!

These books with stories based off historical events caught our (DH and me) eye at the library so we borrowed it just to see if the kids might just take to it. They’re not quite keen on lengthier read-alouds yet, but I liked them enough to recommend them on Bookmark Monday.

Story aside, I love how the illustrations for each book are delightfully old school, providing the reader an engaging complement to the written word.

Titanicat – written by Marty Crisp, illustrated by Robert Papp

Written by Marty Crisp, an award winning writer of books, and a newspaper journalist for 30 years, Titanicat is based on the memoir of Titanic stewardess Violet Jessop in 1997, recounting that a ship’s cat had given birth to a litter of four kittens before the Titanic was launched, and was on board with those kittens in the early spring of 1912.

This report was followed by an article in the Belfast Irish News by reporter Anne Hailes, who in turn interviewed an ex-reporter Paddy Scott, who said that in the 1930s, he’d spoken with an Irishman who claimed he’d crewed Titanic’s trials and was assigned the care of the ship’s cat. The cat got off in Southampton, taking her kittens with her, and the young Irish sailor followed, missing the opportunity to sail with Titanic, but gaining his life in the process.

Dr. Welch and the Great Grape Story – written by Mary Lou Carney, illustrated by Sherry Meidell

So I’ve heard of Welch’s Grape Juice but never actually bought a bottle of it to try. Maybe I will now that I’ve read the story of how grape juice came about. 🙂

Inspired by the discoveries of Louis Pasteur about fermentation, Thomas Bramwell Welch, a dentist by profession, dreamed of making a drink for Holy Communion that was not alcoholic in nature, so that everyone could enjoy a grape drink that was non alcoholic, and people affected by alcohol could partake of communion freely without fear.

Dr. Welch succeeded in creating the “unfermented wine” as he called it, but it didn’t take off, as the church was not interested.

Six years later, Charles Edgar Welch, his son, restarted efforts to make and sell grape juice. Being a shrewd promoter and manager, he founded the Welch Grape Juice Company in 1897 in partnership with his father, and today, you know the rest of the story.

Welch is the world’s leading producer of grape products – juices, jellies and jams. And communion in most Protestant denomination churches in the modern age today uses…grape juice. 🙂

 

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