Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood


There’s only so much that can be taught in school so all the historical fiction thrills me, giving children a chance to learn about more events and experiences than they will in a traditional public school curriculum!!

Historical fiction obsession established: Lifeboat 12!! Late in the evening of September 17, 1940, the steam passenger ship SS City of Benares (sailing from Britain to Canada and carrying evacuee children among its passengers) is torpedoed.  Lifeboat 12 travels too far from the site when help finally arrives, leaving them alone at sea with only enough water for one week. The lifeboat is filled with 36 crewmen, passengers, and sailors and six evacuee boys. They set sail for Ireland and pray for rescue, which arrives just as the water runs out.  The survival story is a miracle: only 13 children from the original 90 evacuees survived the attack, 6 of those 13 survived on Lifeboat 12.

Recommended Age: 9- 13 years old.

Yoga Pose: Modified Boat Pose/Paripurna Navasana:

*Sit on the floor with the soles of your feet planted on your mat.
*Press your hands on the floor a little behind your hips with fingers pointing toward the feet.
*Lift your feet off the floor, so that the thighs are parallel to the floor.
*Lengthen your tailbone and lift your pubis toward your navel.
*Remain with your knees bent, perhaps lifting the shins parallel to the floor. Keep your hands on the floor besides your hips or move them to hold the back of your thighs.

Next Level:
*Slowly straighten your knees, raising the tips of your toes slightly above the level of your eyes.
*Stretch your arms alongside your legs (parallel to the floor).