Bad PiratePicture Book - 2015
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Captain Barnacle Garrick considered himself to be a perfect pirate. He was bold, saucy, bad-natured, mean and thoroughly selfish – as was the rest of his scurvy pirate crew.
However, his daughter, Augusta, was the opposite in almost every way. Captain Barnacle didn’t know what to make of her. She was kindhearted, helpful and polite to everyone. On board the pirate ship, she helped others at every opportunity. Did the other pirates thank her? Of course not! Yet Augusta continued to help, often earning the scorn of the other pirates. Only once, when her father scolded her for being too kind, did she try to be selfish, promptly throwing a fellow pirate’s peg leg overboard!
One day the pirate ship was engulfed in a terrible squall. The pirates, thinking that they were doomed, could only cling in terror to the sides of the vessel as it floundered dangerously in the huge waves.
It was Augusta who saved the day with her selfless, helpful actions. Bravely scaling the tall mainsail, she quickly repaired the huge rip in the midst of the wind and the rain.
Later, the Captain had to concede that his daughter was a perfect pirate after all. She was very brave. She was handy with a needle, and she was always helpful - whether she was mending a torn sail or helping a pirate with a missing peg leg!
Told with “pirate dog” characters, the importance of being helpful is demonstrated in this amusing tale, which will delight young pirate fans with its pirate lingo and the detailed artwork of Canadian illustrator Dean Griffiths. A brief glossary of pirate and sailing terminology is included.
Author Kari-Lynn Winters, a St. Catherines, Ontario resident, has just published a sequel to this book: Good Pirate.
** Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years.
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