Dave Barry's 2001 Holiday Gift Guide
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Published Sunday, December 2, 2001


The Titanic Coloring Book offers 30 detailed, realistic pages chock-full of fun and history. Just watch out for pages 23 and 27.
$2.50 plus shipping and handling from Dover Publications, 31 E. Second St., Mineola, N.Y. 11501; fax 516-742-6953; Internet: www.doverpublications.com.

Suggested by Nancy Bivins of Tallahassee.

We don't know about you, but whenever we think of carefree fun for children, the historic incident that comes into our mind is the sinking of the Titanic.

That is why we are so excited about this gift, a coloring book with 30 detailed, realistic, ready-to-color scenes telling the story of the Titanic, from the day it sailed right up until the end. Imagine the holiday joy of some lucky youngster -- let's call her Suzy -- who receives this gift. While her siblings are playing with their boring old Sony Playstations, Suzy is having the time of her life coloring page 23 of this book, which depicts people jumping from the sinking ship, or page 27, which depicts the recovery of frozen bodies floating in the Atlantic.

Ha ha! What a fun gift! You might want to stick some antidepressants in Suzy's stocking.

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