Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade

Today is the 10th annual “Talk Like a Pirate Day”. It is the perfect day to introduce  a book written in pirate lingo: A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade by James Preller and illustrated by Greg Ruth.A Pirate's Guide to the First Grade

It is the first day of first grade for a young pirate and his crew. The boy’s day is in color and his crew is in sepia tones. He narrates his day: waking up, getting ready for school, boarding his ship (the school bus), and meeting Cap’n Silver (his teacher). He tells the Cap’n that he seeks “swag and treasure”. As the day goes on the pirate and his “crew” have story time and work very hard at counting and spelling. At the end of the day, he is tired and wonders, “Where’s me treasure?” Cap’n Silver hands him a map with X marking the spot. He follows the map until he finds his “treasure”:


The book is fun to read and the content is great for five and six year olds who like pirates, although it is a rare child of that age who can read at the level this book is written. It makes a perfect bedtime story. It  may even lead to questions about  Robert Lewis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, a book I read to my kids when they were this age.

The Sonoma County Library has several copies of this book.

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