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TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY - September 19, 2011
Have some fun....

Aye, me parrot concurs.
Gar, where can I find a bottle o'rum?
Arrr, be happy Gar.
Aye, me lo'e you. Aye.

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The Barefoot Book of Pirates
by Richard Walker. (2008 - Ages 9-12)
This swashbuckling collection of pirate tales is brimful with drama and adventure on the high seas. Young children will meet fierce characters such as the captain in the German tale, Kobold and the Pirates; others, like young Mochimitsu in the Japanese tale, are friendly and funny. They will also meet the infamous Grace O'Malley, one of Ireland's most feared pirates. Now available in hardcover with CD!

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Port Side Pirates (from Barefoot Books)
Ahoy Matey! Jump aboard and set sail with an adventurous group of pirates. With fun facts about ships and notorious pirates from around the world, along with a catchy singalong, this vibrantly illustrated story will become a beloved treasure of your child!

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Alvin the Pirate by Ulf Lofgren (Ej Lo)
Young Alvin sails off with a band of pirates, who seem to think that he is their captain, and they all engage in a food fight with the crew of another pirate ship.

Andy's Pirate Ship: A Spot-The-Difference Book by Philippe Dupasquier. (Ej Du) (1994 - Ages 4-8)
Andy is building a pirate ship. As he goes through his house, he collects several things he needs from each room. With help from hints in the text, readers compare before-and-after drawings to determine what he takes. The vessel that Andy eventually completes is an ingenious conglomeration of household items. Keys to the pictures are included at the end, along with additional objects to look for and a puzzle to solve.

Ballad of the Pirate Queens (The) by Jane Yolen with David Shannon (illus). (1998 - Ages 9-12)
This book is about Mary Reade and Anne Bonney, who sailed with Calico Jack Rackham aboard the Vanity in the Caribbean in the late 18th century. Calico Jack and his men hanged for their piracy. Mary and Anne got off on a technicality--it was against English law to kill an unborn child and they were both pregnant.

Barefoot Book of Pirates HC w CD by Richard Walker (J 398.208 Wa) (2008 - Ages 9-12)
This swashbuckling collection of pirate tales is brimful with drama and adventure on the high seas. Young children will meet fierce characters such as the captain in the German tale, Kobold and the Pirates; others, like young Mochimitsu in the Japanese tale, are friendly and funny. They will also meet the infamous Grace O'Malley, one of Ireland's most feared pirates. Now available in hardcover with CD!

Blackbeard and Other Pirates of the Atlantic Coast by Nancy Roberts. (1993)
The stories are filled with plenty of excitement and many of them have good character-revealing dialogue that is fun to perform. There are a variety of tales, some of them about women pirates, including the story of Ann Bonny.

Blah Blah Blah: Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates & Dogs (Unabridged) (2007 CD)
It includes Bill Harley's Pirate Song. (Audio download).

Book of Pirates (The) by Howard Pyle. (2000 - Ages 9-12)
Highly readable, magnificently illustrated tales recount the rip-roaring adventures of swashbuckling pirates and buccaneers of the Spanish Main. Includes "The Ghost of Captain Brand," "Tom Chist and the Treasure Box," "Jack Ballister’s Fortunes," "The Ruby of Kishmoor," and other tales. Enhanced with 63 of the author’s own incomparable illustrations, including 11 full-color plates.

Captain Abdul's Pirate School by Colin McNaughton. (2004 - Ages 4-8)
The incorrigible Colin McNaughton sets sail with a hilarious high-seas, high-time adventure for every swashbuckling young matey. Ahoy! This book finds a reluctant pirate pupil stuck on a ship with Captain Abdul, a scary scoundrel with more missing pieces than a secondhand jigsaw puzzle. Will there be a mutiny? Or will this junior pirate end up having more fun than any kid could imagine?

Captain Pugwash by John Ryan (Ej Ry) (1982 - Ages 9-12) Check out the whole series of Pugwash books.
There's nothing more likely to prompt our portly hero into action than the prospect of treasure. So when the valiant cabin boy Tom espies a mound of yellow stuff aboard a nearby ship, the Captain sets off in hot pursuit. Unfortunately, his villainous arch-enemy, the horrible Cut-throat Jake, is not far away. Will the Captain be trapped by Jake's dastardly plan? Or will Tom, the wisest little cabin boy on the Seven Seas, have a plan of his own!?

Come Away From the Water, Shirley (Red Fox Picture Book) by John Burningham. (Ej Bu) (1992 - Baby/Preschool)
On a day trip to the seaside, Mom and Dad settle down in their deck chairs to snooze the day away, while for Shirley, it’s a chance to set sail for uncharted seas. "Come away from the water, Shirley," caution her parents. But Shirley has already set out on an adventure, where she encounters danger, pirates, and buried treasure! John Burningham’s brilliant juxtaposition of both sides of the story will have children and parents laughing aloud.

Cynthia & the Runaway Gazebo by Elsa Marston (Ej Ma) (1992 - Ages 4-8)
Sent off to her Great-aunt Isabelle's for a restorative dose of fresh air, Cynthia loves the sight of a gazebo, which her aunt says was the favorite spot of her two sons, before "they ran away to sea." A sudden storm sends Cynthia and her guests scurrying for shelter, but the buffeted gazebo falls into the raging river. The hostess attempts to bring her petulant charges to safety by summoning a neighboring vessel, which turns out to be a pirate ship...

Devil And Daniel Webster (The) by Stephen Vincent Benet. (1999)
A spirited selection from one of the most highly prized American writers of the twentieth century.

Devil and Tom Walker (The): Together with Deacon Grubb and the Old Nick by Washington Irving.
A few miles from Boston, in Massachusetts, there is a deep inlet winding several miles into the interior of the country from Charles Bay, and terminating in a thickly wooded swamp, or morass. On one side of this inlet is a beautiful dark grove; on the opposite side the land rises abruptly from the water's edge with huge trees. Under one of these gigantic trees, according to old stories, there was a great amount of treasure buried by Kidd the pirate...

Disney's Climb Aboard if you Dare: Stories from the Pirates of the Caribbean by Nicholas Stephens (J St) (1996 - Ages 9-12)
Yo-ho! Yo-ho! Middle-grade readers will set sail with this riveting collection of the extraordinary adventures surrounding a pirate's treasure! Based on Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean theme park attraction, these five spooky, original stories track the amazing course events that surround the ownership of a box of glittering jewels.

Do Pirates Take Baths? by Kathy Tucker (Ej Tu) (1997 - Ages 4-8)
Rolling motion characterizes both words and pictures in this pleasant book. Bouncy, six-line verses provide colorful, innocent answers to 13 childlike questions. Readers learn that pirates eat barnacle stew, scrub their knees with seashells, and dance the hornpipe every afternoon. Even when they seize a ship, they merely tie their captives up with "good strong rope." Lighthearted illustrations add to the vision of jolly sea villains.

'Dutch Courage' and Other Stories by Jack London. (2007)
It's about Seal hunters in the Bering Sea, who are caught by a Russian ship.
Stories include: Dutch Courage, Typhoon off the Coast of Japan, The Lost Poacher, The Banks of the Sacramento, Chris Farrington Able Seaman, To Repel Boarders, An Adventure in the A Upper Sea, Bald Face, In Yeddo Bay, Whose Business Is to Live.

Edward and the Pirates by David McPhail. Very effective with younger kids. (1997 - Ages 4-8)
A book about Edward, a voracious reader of anything he can get his hands on, even seed catalogs in a pinch. One night, while reading a book about pirates, Edward finds himself surrounded by the salty sailors who think his book might tell them where their treasure is buried. They beg, threaten, and bribe him to no avail, but when Edward's father scares the pirates with a shower of arrows, Edward feels sorry for them and relinquishes the book.

General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates (A) by Captain Charles Johnson. (Original book 1724 by Defoe; reprint 2002)
This collection of brief biographies reads like a Who's Who? of piracy, with entries on Captains Kidd, Rackam, and Roberts, women-in-disguise pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and the infamous Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, "that couragious Brute, who might have pass'd in the World for a Heroe, had he been employ'd in a good Cause."

Grandma and the Pirate by David Lloyd (Ej Ll) (1985)
Every childhood has its happiest times and its best-remembered moments of delight. A day with Grandma at the beach - digging for crabs, wading in the surf, building a castle out of sand - is magical for one young boy. Simple words and enchanting pictures capture the special relationship between grandparent and grandchild and create an album of memories of their perfect day together.

Granuaile: Ireland's Pirate Queen C. 1530-1603 by Anne Chambers. (2003)
Using state papers and manuscripts of the period, Anne Chambers reveals the woman behind the legend and presents one of history's most remarkable women against the turbulent political environment of her time. What emerges is a woman who challenges our predisposed sense of convention, who, over four hundred years ago, was one of the first women to break the mold and make a unique contribution to history.

Great Piratical Rumbustification & the Librarian and the Robbers (The) (2001 - Ages 9-12)
The Great Piratical Rumbustification introduces us to Alpha, Oliver, and Omega Terrapin, alone for an evening of devilish fun and none other than Orpheus Clinker, a reformed pirate cleverly transformed into a respectable babysitter. Or has he reformed? Before you can say "Yo Ho Ho" the Terrapin household has become headquarters of the century's biggest pirate Margaret Mahy (J Ma)

Horrendous Hullabaloo (The) by Margaret Mahy (Ej Ma) (1992)
Peregrine, a pirate, depends on an accommodating aunt who not only keeps his house but pours his rum and pets his parrot. Peregrine goes to parties but never invites his aunt (``You wouldn't enjoy pirate parties...The hullabaloo is horrendous!''). Undeterred, she mixes up a batch of ``rumblebumpkins'' and sends out invitations. Her friends don't come (it's a pirate's house, after all), but the parrots do, which attracts the neighbors...

I Wish I Were...A Pirate by Ivan Bullock (J 745.5 Bu) (1997 - Ages 4-8)
The perfect make-believe books to help inspire childhood dreams. Kids will love the stories, photographs, drawings, and activities that help put themselves into the role of a pirate. Plus, there are easy-to-make crafts and fun fact that help children learn about pirates through pretending.

Kettleship Pirates (The) by Rodney Peppe (Ej Pe) (1983 - Baby-Preschool)
Finding that a familiar kettle has been turned into a pirate ship, Pip Mouse sets out on a wild adventure on his birthday.

Laffite the Pirate by Ariane Dewey (J 921 Laf) (1985 - Ages 9-12)
Presents sheer myths and some stories based in fact about the controversial pirate who aided the United States in the War of 1812, but returned to his life of piracy thereafter.

Lo-Jack and the Pirates (Bank Street Ready-To-Read) by William Hooks (Ready-to-Read book) (J-ER Ho) (1991 - Ages 4-8)
When Lo-Jack is kidnapped by pirates, his comic misunderstandings of the captain's orders create waves of giggles as Jack outsmarts Captain Grim and his greedy crew.

Lost Treasure of Captain Blood (The) by Jonathon Stroud (J St) (2006)
A pirate adventure, with a variety of puzzles to solve

Lost Treasure of Captain Kidd (The) by Peter Lourie (J Lo) (2000 - Ages 9-12)
Tales of pirates' treasure are real to Killian and his friend Alex, who set off on a hunt for gold doubloons buried by Captain Kidd, the notorious pirate who stashed his loot in the Hudson Highlands when his ship went down in a storm 300 years ago. Spurred on by Killian's recurring dream of the ghostly pirate pointing the way to the gold, the boys desperately try to keep one step ahead of Cruger, a crazed treasure-hunter...

Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate (The) (Puffin Picture Story Book) by Margaret Mahy. (1996 - Ages 4-8)
Sam is an ordinary person who wears an ordinary suit and ordinary shoes. He works in an ordinary, neat office writing down figures all day and underlining them. But Sam's mother is definitely not an ordinary woman, Sam's mother is a pirate and she wants to sweep him away to sea...Written by a best-selling author, this is a lively and enchanting tale with wonderfully exuberant illustrations to match.

Mrs. Pirate (Read Me Beginners Series) by Nick Sharratt (Ej Sh) (2007)
Join Mrs Pirate on a riotous, rhyming shopping trip. With colourful pictures and simple rhymes, this story book - with rounded comers - is suitable for beginner readers.

Mystery History: Pirate Galleon (Mystery History) by Fred Finney (J 910.4 Fi) ( 1996 - Ages 9-12)
Describes life aboard a pirate ship. Includes games, puzzles, and mazes.

Ocean Almanac (The) by Robert Hendrickson. (1984)
As expansive as the ocean itself, this entertaining, informative almanac offers hundreds of fascinating essays, anecdotes, facts, legends, and mysteries concerning the sea, its amazing inhabitants--both real and apocryphal--and the men and ships who have sailed it through the ages.

Pirates of Penzance in Full Score (The) by W.S. Gilbert, Sir Arthur Sullican and Carl Simpson and Ephraim Hammett Jones (editors). (2001 - DVD and VHS available)
One of Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved works. Based on Sullivan's autograph, contemporary copyists' scores, and both the 1st and 2nd editions of the vocal score, it corrects numerous errors, and features 2 versions of the Act II finale. Also includes the first accurate full score of the "Climbing over Rocky Mountain" section.

Old Hasdrubal and the Pirates (Ej Am) by Berthe Amoss. (1971)
An old bayou fisherman tells how his great-great-grandfather wrestled an alligator, rescued a captive maid from pirates, and became the hero of the Battle of New Orleans.

Old Pirate of Central Park (The) by R. Priest (Ej Pr) (2008 - Ages 4-8)
Two stubborn souls—a retired pirate and a retired queen—do battle in the sailboat pond in Central Park. Inspired by memories of his past, the Old Pirate has built a marvelous replica of his sailing ship, the Laughing Dog. But when he takes it to the park to launch it in the pond, he finds the waters are not so friendly—the S.S. Uppity Duchess is unwilling to share the seas. Who will rule the waves in this tale of high-seas adventure and friendship.

One-Eyed Jake by Pat Hutchins. (1979 - Baby-Preschool)
A picture book about Jake, a pirate who can't seem to get enough booty, even if it means sinking his own ship. Jake travels with a crew of three-- a bosun, a cook, and a cabin boy. None of his crewmates enjoy working with Jake-- he's mean, cruel, and they are tired of stealing. Each has his own aspirations. In the end, the bosun, cabin boy, and cook all get their wishes. Jake's ship, however, sinks under the weight of all that treasure.

Peace Tales by Margaret Read MacDonald. (2005 - Ages 9-12)
Includes "Music to Soothe the Savage Beast" from Japan—about the musician, Mochimitsu, who wins over marauding pirates with his beautiful playing. Maybe it's the king who spills honey, and then says it is not his problem until it causes a war. Or maybe it's some sandpipers and whales who get into a foolish fight that almost destroys their homes...

Pirate (DK Eyewitness Books) by Richard Platt (Eyewitness Book) (J 910.4 Pl) (2007 - Ages 9-12)
Take a close-up look at the colorful--and cruel--robbers of the sea. Learn who devised the terrifying Jolly Roger, how a surprisingly disciplined life was maintained aboard pirate ships, and what cunning ruses pirates used to lure merchants to their doom.

Pirate Queen (The) by Emily Arnold McCully is a children's book about Grainne. (1995 - Ages 4-8)
Grania O'Malley was born with the mark of a sailor and the light of the sea in her eye. As she grew, tales of her courage and heroic deeds traveled across Ireland. But when she came up against a ruthless governor, even fearless Grania was stymied. So she turns to a woman more powerful than she in this heart-stopping tale that's as big as the Irish Sea.

Pirates (Ej De) by Cherry Denman.
Captain Enoch and his crew of incompetent pirates attempt to hijack Suliman the Slimy's treasure ship, with unexpected and exciting results.

Pirates' Mixed-Up Voyage (The) - Audio Cassettes by Margaret Mahy. (1988)
Available as an audiocassette.

Pirate's Night Before Christmas (A) by Phillip Yates with Sebastia Serra (illus.) (2008 - Ages 4-8)
A thoroughly piratical version of the beloved Clement C. Moore classic. On this ship of mischievous brigands—who have visions of treasure chests, not sugarplums, dancing in their heads—you wouldn’t expect a visit from nice St. Nick. Instead, here comes Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, cracking his whip and driving eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger, and Jolly.

Pirate's Parrot by Lyn McFarland (Ej Ma) (2004 - Ages 4-8)
Captain Cur's parrot is dead, his monocle is broken, and his "mood is bad and getting worse." Spittleton and Loot set off to shoplift pirate paraphernalia, but return with a teddy bear, Barr, instead. The near-blind Captain mistakes the bear for his new polly. Quartermaster Bellows plans to toss the bear overboard, but Barr proves herself to be a talking teddy capable of the squawking, swaggering and swashbuckling required of a pirate parrot.

Pirates (Crabapples) by Greg Nickles (J 910.4 Li) (1997 - Ages 4-8)
Pirates takes youngsters on a high-seas adventure, featuring some of the most notorious buccaneers in history! Full-color illustrations and photographs reveal details about pirate captains, their crews, and ships.

Pirates: Fact Or Fiction by Stewart Ross (J 910.4 Ro) (1995 - Ages 9-12)
Contains a combination of real and imaginary pirates through the ages and across the globe, from Blackbeard and William Kidd to Robert Louis Stevenson's Long John Silver.

Pirates: Robbers of the High Seas (A Trumpet Club Special Edition) by Gail Gibbons (J 910.4 Gi) (1999 - Ages 4-8)
Full-color artwork and a simple text chronicle the world of the pirates, detailing the exploits of such famous villains as Captain Kidd and Blackbeard, their battles on the high seas, and their lives aboard ship.

Pirates Of The Purple Dawn (Secrets Of Droon) by Tony Abbott. (2007 - Ages 9-12)
Everything in Droon is changing. Lord Sparr has disappeared. Ko and Gethwing have fled to the Dark Lands. And an old villain is back -- Ving, leader of the Hawk Bandits! This time, he has his twin sister in tow, along with her band of wicked pirates. Arrrg! They're snatching magical stones from all over Droon, and using them to build an enchanted passageway that will transport nasty dragons from the past into the present...

Pirates Own Book (The): Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers by Marine Research Society. (1993)
Rare volume, based on actual documents, recounts in lurid detail the life, atrocities and bloody death of the infamous Black Beard as well as the cold-blooded exploits of Jean Lafitte, Robert Kidd, Edward Low, Thomas White, Anne Bonney, Mary Read and scores of other maritime marauders. Enhanced with over 70 atmospheric wood engravings.

Princess and the Pirate King (The) by Debi Gliori (Ej Gl) (1996 - Ages 4-8)
When the Pirate King arrives at the Princess's home and creates too much noise and mess and breaks and destroys things, the Princess must save herself and her family from the Pirate King and his wild havoc.

Richard Scarry's Pie Rats Ahoy! by Richard Scarry (Step into Reading) (J-ER Sc) (1994 - Ages 4-8)
Despite the prowling pirates that threaten the safety of Busytown Bay, Uncle Willy sails off, finds an island, and decides to take a nap before eating his pie. Soon, he is awakened by pirates and tossed overboard. After swimming to shore, he constructs a fake crocodile from plants and objects found on the island, crawls inside, and cleverly captures the villains.

Robin Hook, Pirate Hunter by Eric Kimmel (Ej Ki) (2001 - Ages 4-8)
Rescued as a baby and raised by the wicked Captain Hook, Robin Hook is too kindhearted to be a pirate. Abandoned as a boy on an island, he leads a band of lost children who set out to bring pirates everywhere to justice.

Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World by Jane Yolen with Christine Joy Pratt (illus) (2008 - Ages 9-12)
The tales of 13 female pirates, from Persia to China, from 500 years before the Common Era to the 19th century. The author strives to untangle fact from fiction, history from legend, highlighting the telling details that will draw kids in. Alfhild of Denmark kept a pet viper to ward off would-be suitors. Jeanne the Lioness of Brittany sold her castles and lands, outfitted three ships and attacked French vessels to avenge her murdered husband...

Sea-Wolf and Selected Stories, The: 100th Anniversary Edition by Jack London. (Kindle book - Reprinted 2004)
A thrilling epic of a sea voyage and a complex novel of ideas, The Sea Wolf is a standard-bearer of its genre. The vivid story of a gentleman scholar's rescue and subsequent ordeal at the hands of a hunting schooner's brutal captain and devious crew, it remains one of Jack London's finest achievements.

Secret of Old Zeb (The) by Carmen Agra Deedy. (2002 - Ages 9-12)
Ten year-old Walter is highly imaginative and a little sassy, yet he is unsure about himself. He feels lost when he's packed off to his unknown Great Aunt Hortensia while his parents pursue their dreams of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Walter befriends a mysterious neighbor, a lonely, grizzled sailor who builds ships in bottles. When he lets Walter in on his lifelong dream, Walter discovers that magic can be unleased when one reaches for the stars.

Secret of Pirates' Hill (The) (Hardy Boys, Book 36) by Franklin W. Dixon. (1957 - Ages 9-12)
Hired to locate an old Spanish cannon, the Hardy brothers uncover an even greater treasure after perilous underwater adventures.

Spawn of Evil: The Invisible Empire of Soulless Men Which for a Generation Held the Nation in a Spell of Terror by Paul Iselin Wellman. (1964)
A book about pirates of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century along the Mississippi who would prey on traders and settlers. The book described grizzly murders & cannibalism of pirates who lived in the caves along the river.

Treasure Island (Enriched Classics Series) by Robert Louis Stevenson, the best pirate story of all time.
Sneaky pirates, sailing ships, buried treasure, exotic lands, and murderous mutiny: what could be better to win over even the most reluctant boy reader? Robert Louis Stevenson serves up thrills, chills, and plenty of action in this timeless, and much-admired adventure novel.

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Fisher-Price Imaginext Adventures Pirate Ship
Adventures on the high seas abound with the Fisher Price Imaginext Adventures Pirate Ship. Designed for children ages three and older, the pirate ship comes complete with its own pirates, treasure, and more -- ready to sail where your child's imagination takes it!

Hasbro Playskool Mr. Potato Head Pirate Kit
Ahoy, matey! Board the pirate "chip" to find sunken taters on Treasure Island! "Fin"-tastic mermaids abound, but beware of Captain Fry Cook — spuds who cross him walk the plank! Turn four ordinary "potatoes" into creative characters, like a pirate, a mermaid a toucan, or another fabulous creation from your imagination! With four potato bodies and more than 45 mix-and-match accessories, you have plenty of parts to create all sorts of wacky looks!

International Playthings Pop-Up Pirate
Pop Up Pirate! promises hours of amusement. After all, who doesn't like to see a pirate get shot out of a barrel? The game is simple. The unlucky piratei s pushed into the top of a brown plastic barrel, readying the spring mechanism for his eventual launch. Players then take turns pushing colorful plastic swords into holes on the side of the barrel, one by one until finally someone releases the spring and sends the poor little pirate on his way.

LeapFrog® Tag Activity Storybook Pirates! The Treasure of Turtle Island
Read about pirate kids Will and Abby as they decode a map so they can beat mean old pirate One Tooth to the treasure! After the story, discover leveled learning activities that help build phonics skills, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Plus, connect the Tag Reader online to the LeapFrog Learning Path to see what your child is learning.

LEGO DUPLO Big Pirate Ship (7880)
Join the jolly crew of this pirate ship and prepare for thrills and fun on the high seas. Packed with play features, the Big Pirate Ship lets you fire the cannon, crank the winch, walk the plank, monkey around in the sails, dig up treasure, stow prisoners in the hold, and more! Ship really floats and rolls!

Mattel Matchbox 360 Pop-Up Pirate Island
Ahoy, Mateys! This totally portable and storable 360 Pop-Up Pirate Island means kids can take the fun with them wherever they go. Simply crack open the case to reveal an adventure landscape complete with accessories. The pirate ship area has two tall masts with flying Jolly Roger flags and a deck large enough to accommodate the included matchbox vehicle. Croc Cove might be you want to be careful of...

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden 48-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle - Pirates
Our Fresh Start line of wooden puzzles will intrigue any child with adorable artwork and easy-to-grasp pieces. Colorful, playful 48 new piece jigsaw comes in a sturdy wooden tray. Ages 3+ 48 piece 15.75 x 11.75 Set of 2 Puzzles (includes Pirate puzzle).

Melissa and Doug Pirate Chest
Ahoy; Matey; store all kinds of treasures in this sturdy wooden Pirate Chest! Features ornate brass handles; a locking Skull latch; pirate bandana; eye patch; loot bag; gold doubloon coins and a special; secret compartment to stash your most valuable loot away!

Melissa and Doug Pirate's Bounty 100 pc Floor
Bursting with bright, bold images, this colorful, detailed floor puzzle brings pirate adventures right to your living room floor. It's made of heavy-duty cardboard that is 20% thicker than other puzzles, and features an easy-to-clean surface that keeps the puzzle looking new for years to come. 100 pieces. Measures 12"H x 9.5"W x 3"D.

Playmobil Pirate Corsair
Aye, matey! Set your child's inner Pirate free with this imaginative Playmobil Corsair Ship. Includes Ship with Sails, Pirates, Loot, and other Accessories!

Playmobil Pirate Treasure Chest
This chest offers three exciting playscapes to provide fun and exciting imaginative play experiences. With one side opened, the chest reveals the pirates' cove, an inlet that needs to be protected from invading enemies. With both sides open, the chest reveals a treasure island. Great for imaginative play. 3 in 1 play set that goes everywhere. Stores items within the Treasure Chest and comes with a handle.

Ships Ahoy Pirate Ship Pool
Ahoy mateys…get ready to set sail with this feature-loaded pool. Pirate ship-shaped pool includes a water-blasting cannon and a slide for hours of poolside fun. For ages 3–10 yrs. 72Hx70Wx116.5D" Inflatable Pool. 3-pc. Set.

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All kinds of wonderful information about pirates.
Blackbeard, Drake and O'Malley legends
"Blackbeard the Pirate" ... and the Presumed Wreck of Queen Anne's Revenge
"Blackbeard's Ghost" from North Carolina, retold by S.E. Schlosser on the American Folklore site.
Captain Kidd: Pirate's treasure buried in the Connecticut River
Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Join the Pirate Webring
The Legend Of Anne Bonney and Mary Read
Ocean-Born Mary Fulton--A Family Folktale -
"The Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee" by Mildred Plew Meigs
Pirate folklore by Diana Tierney on the site
Pirate jokes
Pirates and piracy home page. Pirate legends and facts
Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers -
"The Pirate Princess and Other Fairy Tales" - a book by Neil Philip
Wikipedia looks at "The Princess and the Pirate" 1944 movie
Many videos on YouTube on "How to Talk Like a Pirate."

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1) The Jane Yolen story about "Grainne O'Malley,The Pirate Queen." Grainne O'Malley was another female pirate (from the 16th century) she managed to convince Elizabeth I to return all of her lands, flocks, and ships. She was an excellent navigator and sailor. The crew of her father's ship elected her captain after his death.

2) There's an older movie, 1980's era, called The Ice Pirates. It's directed by Terry Jones, of Monty Python, who also did 12 Monkeys (Special Edition), and Children of the Lost City. It's a futuristic space movie, pretty good in a Pythonistic kind of way, a bit bizarre and worth a look.

3) There's some real stuff. "The Golden Vanity" could be sung by substituting of "the Pirate Enemy" instead of "The Spanish/Turkish Enemy." It affected me greatly, as a child. The ballad "Captain Kidd" is strong, and has some good sing-along chorus lines. The story isn't bad either, though it would take some piecing together-- both are in Body Boots and Britches. There is always "High Barbary," also with good singalong chorus lines. Strong stuff, but we used to sing two of them in grade school, with the pre-K kids present along with everybody else.

Maybe a story about pirate treasure might be the way to go. There are many "local" legends of pirate treasure, including almost certainly one in your neck of the woods, and there have been periodic crazes of people going nuts (in that conspiracy theory kind of way) and digging all the hell over the place, going broke in the process. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormanism, is said by non-Morman historians to have begun his career as a seer specialising in the location (not finding-- something always happened, a spirit would take it away at the last second) of buried treasure. But you'd better not touch that one, if you don't want to get in trouble.

Just once I'd personally like to hear a pirate story that contained a pirate character that had two good eyes, two good legs, and was never so frustrated as to have to say, ARRRRGH! or to be so chummy as to call everyone, "Matey"! I'm not suggesting an alternative lifestyle pirate per se, well.....there is Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy [Blu-ray] ...

..... Responses to 4):

.....a) Have you ever seen The Pirates of Penzance? — a musical about a young man who ended up as a pirate--accidentally!

.....b) Yes -- I love it. He can't leave until his 21st birthday, and he was born 2/29.

.....c) My mom used to "tell" us Gilbert and Sullivan operettas on long car rides, singing the songs lustily in her unreliable but enthusiastic voice. She had been a regular pick for major-general Stanley, Lord Chancellor, Lord High Executioner, Sir Joseph Porter KCB patter-song roles, all through high school and college.

For those unfamiliar with the plot of The Pirates of Penzance: or The Slave of Duty Vocal Score, sometime in the 1800s the young hero, Frederick, had been apprenticed to the pirates until his 19th birthday. When he is nineteen, and preparing to leave, the pirates point out to him that he was born on leap day, so, as Frederick sings in an anguished recitative, "that birthday will not be reached by me till 1940!" Let's see. 2004-1940= 64. Sixty-four divided by 4 is 16. So, Sixteen plus nineteen, Frederick has just turned 35. My god, he could still be playing pro baseball!
The Pirates of Penzance in Full Score
This remains one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved works. Based on Sullivan's autograph, contemporary copyists' scores, and both the 1st and 2nd editions of the vocal score, it corrects numerous errors, and features 2 versions of the Act II finale. Also includes the first accurate full score of the "Climbing over Rocky Mountain" section.
Gilbert & Sullivan - The Pirates of Penzance / Kline, Ronstadt, Smith, Routledge, Delacorte Theater (Broadway Theatre Archive)
The Pirates of Penzance

5) Someone suggested telling "The Ghost of the Pirate with One Black Eye." Ogden Nash wrote a poem about The Tale of Custard the Dragon that has him eat a pirate. (The dragon).

How about doing a version of the pirate in Peter Pan? Hook loses a hand to the crocodile. You could tell it from Hook's point of view or the crocodile's! See the movie Hook for some ideas. Although you probably want to move away from the Disney versions and come up with a version of your own. How about a crocodile who has developed a taste for pirate--yummy stuff but it is not on the menu at his favorite restaurant! So he goes in search of it. In fact, he craves one particular pirate. This crocodile could end up being the "connection" between all of your stories as he hunts down as many pirates as he can find. Along the way he would discover that treasure has a metalic taste and other interesting facts about pirates. Clocks are hard on the digestive system--rather alarming, in fact! At the end of the program, of course, this crocodile would still be hungry but optomistic and leave in search of that one particular yummy pirate.

Don't forget that old finger play:

Five little monkeys sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile
You can't catch me. You can't catch me. You can't catch me.
Slowly Mr. Crocodile snapped!
Then there are 4 monkeys and then 3, etc. It ends with
Now, Mr. Crocodile is sleeping, just as full as he can be.

Of course, it was "Mr. Alligator," but I made a few changes. There are hand motions that go with it also.
Yo ho, yo he , it's a pirate's life for me.
Yo ho, yo yo - did you want to do a few yo yo tricks by any chance?

6) Do you know the song "The Golden Vanity"? It's really about privateers and has parts the audience can join in on. I love to sing it, and for the age group you describe it would work, I think. I believe you can find it on

7) Here's a 'story' I post every couple of pirate-tale cycles. It's a humorous opener or transition tale to lighten the mood after a more dramatic story. It seems to appeal to most all age-groups. As I read it just now, I thought of contexts in which it could be used to illustrate more substantive points. Interesting, how Story perspectives and applications can change over time,while the story remains the same. Guess there are "Rorschach" aspects to most stories.

"Captain Red Shirt"
Long ago, when sailing ships ruled the waves, a captain and his crew were in danger of being boarded by a pirate ship. As the crew became frantic, the captain bellowed to his First Mate, "Bring me my red shirt!". The First Mate quickly retrieved the captain's red shirt, which the captain put on and lead the crew to battle the pirate boarding party. Although some casualties occurred among the crew, the pirates were repelled. Later that day, the lookout screamed that there were two pirate vessels sending boarding parties. The crew cowered in fear, but the captain calm as ever bellowed, "Bring me my red shirt!". The battle was on, and once again the Captain and his crew repelled both boarding parties, although this time more casualties occurred. Weary from the battles, the men sat around on deck that night recounting the day's occurrences when an ensign looked to the Captain and asked, "Sir, why did you call for your red shirt before the battle?". The Captain, giving the ensign a look that only a captain can give, exhorted, "If I am wounded in battle, the red shirt does not show the wound and thus, you men will continue to fight unafraid". The men sat in silence marvelling at the courage of such a man. As dawn came the next morning, the lookout screamed that there were pirate ships, 10 of them, all with boarding parties on their way. The men became silent and looked to their Captain for his usual command. The Captain, calm as ever, bellowed, "Bring me my brown pants!"

8) I have a joke: Do you know what a pirate gets charged when he has his ears pierced?
Answer: He gets charged a buck an ear (buccaneer).

9) "Ghost of Jean Leffitte"
This is my original adaptation of an old Louisianna legend. You know, in Louisiana today, people still believe that there is treasure buried in the bayous. You see around the time of the war of 1812, there was a notorious pirate by the name of Jean Laffitte. It’s said that Laffitte and his men stole more treasure than any ten men could spend in an entire lifetime. They stuffed the cannons on the ships they raided full of treasure and threw them over the sides of the boat. It is said that all the way from Galveston Bay to the port of New Orleans, they hid treasure. Old Gibout, he was a trapper, a fisherman, a guide. He knew the louisiana bayous better than anyone. If you wanted to find anything you went to Gibout. And Gibout he knew, he knew that he was gonna be the one. He was gonna be the one to find Laffittes treasure. His friends said Gibout you crazy man. There’s no treasure Gibout. You been listenin to too many of you mama’s stories gibout. But Gibout knew that he was gonna find the treasure. He set out early one his little poirot, that’s a small boat like a canoe. The Bayou was hot and still. A strange mist seemed to cover the water. Gibout got very sleepy. He lay down in the bottom of his poirot and fell asleep. When he woke up he was somewhere that he had never been before. His poirot was stuck on a small sandbar. He got out and began to cross the sandbar. He saw a path and headed for it. The path was made of bricks layed just so, like artwork. On either side of the path were beautiful gardens full of the scent of Magnolias and Mimosa. As he rounded a curve he saw a beautiful house. The house had a gallerie, a porch that surrounded the housae on three sides. The terrace was held up by tall thick white columns. The windows glistened in the sunlight. The Red front door opened as gibout approached and a man stepped out. A strange looking man. He had lace on his collar and at his cuffs, short pants and jewels at his neck and on his arms. He wore a pointed hat with a feather draping over the side. The man did not speak but motioned Gibout to follow him. Gibout did. Each room that he passed through was more splendid than the one before, there were crystal chandeleirs, velvet couches tables of oak set with crystal and ivory. They got to the back of the house and the strange man led Gibout into a small storage room with a trap door on the floor. The man spoke, “I am the Ghost of Jean Laffitte” he reached down and opened the trap door. “all of this treasure is yours, but you must tell no one” “Sacre Deaux “ cried Gibout it was more treasure than he had ever seen he reached out and the Ghost disappeared and the door began to shut Gibout grabbed the handle but it came off in his hand. NOOOOOO cried Gibout. No, what am I gonna do? Gibout tried and tried to open the door. He scratched and he clawed until his fingers were bloody and his knuckles were raw, but he could not open it. He fell to the floor exhausted. He worked at a piece of the floor until he was able to loosen a plank he pulled with all of his strength, but it broke off in his hand. Just one small hole. Gibout was able to fit his hand into the hole. He stretched his fingers until he was able to reach something. He grasped it and pulled it out of the hole. It was one gold dubloon. What good will this do Gigout thought,. But he put it into his pocket. He lay on the floor off that rooom all night sleeping fitfully . In the morning he had decided. He would get his friends. They would help him. Gibout found his way quickly back to his poirot and paddled back to his camp. He knew thew way now. When he tried to get his friends to come with him they all laughed. Oh Gibout you crazy man Gibout you are a fool. Gibout there’s no treasure, no. Gibout you been at the bottom of that bottle again. Gibout tried everything finally there was nothing left to do he stuck his hands into his pockets and started to walk away then he felt that coin. He pulled it out of his pocket and he told his friends. Well you know they were all ready to go then. They followed gibout back through the Bayou. They got to that sand bar. As they climbed toward the path stickers and burrs got caught in their pants. The path was cracked and broken the gardens surrounding the path were full of cudzue, that’s a weed that grows in the southern US. As they scame around a bend in the path they saw the house it was the worst house they had ever seen. The paint was peeling and chipping columns were fallen and the gallerie had big holes. The door hung on one side and three men had to work to open it enough to enter. They went into the house and each room was worse than the one before. The furniture was torn and shredded small animals had made nests in the frames. The chandeliers were broken and dangling dangerously from the drooping ceiling. Each room they went into was worse than the one before. When they got to the store room Gibout pointed to the trap door and cried there there his friends set to work with their hatchetts and crowbars. When they opened that door all they found were bones and all they heard was the erie laughter of the Ghost Of Jean Laffitte.
Diana W.

10) I tell several of the pirate stories found in Nancy Roberts' Blackbeard and Other Pirates of the Atlantic Coast. The stories are filled with plenty of excitement and many of them have good character-revealing dialogue that is fun to perform. There are a variety of tales, some of them about women pirates. My particular favorite is the story of Ann Bonny.

11) I've just been doing a couple of speech and drama classes with a pirate theme. I have a great verse which I use, it goes like this.
The pirate's big
The pirate's fat
He wears black boots
And a great big hat
When he speaks
His voice is low
What does he say?

The pirate's bad
The pirate's bold
He sails the seas
Stealing silver and gold
He's the wickedest man
You'll ever know
What does he say?
(Sorry I can't remember who wrote this, but I do remember that I changed it a bit)

All good rousing stuff, which goes down a treat with the pre-schoolers. In fact I think their regular teachers must get fed up with all the YO Ho Hoing that goes on after my classes.I also play a game in which the children sit around in a circle (the pirates cave), with one child as the pirate in the middle with a 'treasure chest.' The children in the circle hold hands and say the following:
A treasure chest of silver and gold
Is what the pirate guards I'm told
When at night he goes to sleep
To steal his treasure
I'll creep, creep, creep.

On the word sleep the, 'pirate" has to lie down and close his eyes. The teacher then points to a child in the circle who gets up and "steals' the treasure. This child then runs clockwise around the circle. Meanwhile as soon as the treasure is stolen the rest of the group shout Yo Ho Ho to wake up the pirate. The pirate then pursues the thief around the circle with the aim of touching him before he reaches his place and sits down again.

12) This just comes to mind, but you could have the older children write a reader's theater script for a scene from Treasure Island, the best pirate story of all time. I'd compress the scenes about finding the map and looking for the treasure trunk on the island. The 9 and 10 year olds could do this, and everybody could perform it. Of course, they'll need eye patches, tri-corner hats, and at least one peg-leg, shoulder parrot and arm-hook, which they could make themselves.

Face-painting scars and mustaches would be fun. How about a treasure hunt complete with treasure trunk and a map-making contest? Oh, and they need swords. They're easy: cardboard and aluminum foil. I've got a couple of rubber ones I bought at a garage sale for a quarter. You also need a skull and crossbones flag. Lots of this stuff could be made by the kids themselves.

T.S. Eliot wrote a children's book about a pirate. Can't remember what it's called. It's available in paperback. I have it somewhere. It may even be from his "Cats" poem.

13) There's a craft of making a treasure map with crayons on brown paper, burn the edges with a match to get them old and like torn and then it's a mixture of shellac and something that goes over it, or by spraying shiny kryolon clear may work also, but the shellac turns different colors of brown makes it old.

.....Response: Right. Some of my students came up with a strategy for making the paper look old if they didn't want children to .....fool around with matches. They used wet tea bags on the torn paper.

14) Captain Kidd, the pirate, is mentioned in the first paragraph of The devil and Tom Walker: Together with Deacon Grubb and the Old Nick by Washington Irving.

A few miles from Boston, in Massachusetts, there is a deep inlet winding several miles into the interior of the country from Charles Bay, and terminating in a thickly wooded swamp, or morass. On one side of this inlet is a beautiful dark grove; on the opposite side the land rises abruptly from the water's edge, into a high ridge on which grow a few scattered oaks of great age and immense size. Under one of these gigantic trees, according to old stories, there was a great amount of treasure buried by Kidd the pirate. The inlet allowed a facility to bring the money in a boat secretly and at night to the very foot of the hill. The elevation of the place permitted a good look out to be kept that no one was at hand, while the remarkable trees formed good landmarks by which the place might easily be found again. The old stories add, moreover, that the devil presided at the hiding of the money, and took it under his guardianship; but this, it is well known, he always does with buried treasure, particularly when it has been ill gotten. Be that as it may, Kidd never returned to recover his wealth; being shortly after seized at Boston, sent out to England, and there hanged for a pirate.

It was a great story to teach! It allows for the inclusion of the ballad The Farmer's Curst Wife and is an excellent companion piece to Benet's The Devil And Daniel Webster.

Of course you can include the ballad of Captain Kidd as part of this teaching also. In fact, if you want to study pirates, you can use JUST the first paragraph if you like. Although students found Irving's vocabulary and sentence structure hard to read, I got around this by reading at least a part of the story aloud. Anyway, it worked for me.
Sylvia O. 9/10/06

15) A couple of the most famous pirates were women. One of our tellers in River and Prairie Storyweavers, Jim "Two Crows" Wallen is doing a new "Pirate" program which he tried out on the group at our last meeting and he has some fascinating research on the women Pirates. His address is

16) Stories From Papi—Here's a contemporary blogger who has written 50 short children's stories in a year, one of which is a delightful four-part pirate story: The Red Map of Captain Gato, The Marooned Cat, The Privateer Mouse, The Long Lost Shark. There are also stories about squirrels, elephants, wolves, ants, storks and ducks. You can listen to most of them as well. Check it out!

17) In 2005 I listed this site in Storytelling Magazine so if you want to add some music to your programming, take a look.
Shanties and Sea Songs
Well, shiver me timbers! This site offers a boatload of shanties, pilot verses and sea songs. There is also a treasure chest full of CD and book recommendations, and information on tall ships, pirates, and sailing books. You'll be singing and sailing the seven seas in no time at all!
Karen C. 9/10/06

18) Pirates!
Pirate Stories and Legends
I am a teller of pirate stories and for about twenty years, have been featuring performances with the title, "Yo! Ho! Ho! Pirate Tales!" In that time, the presentation has undergone several changes. More recently, I have been performing as ‘Master Spells, Pirate Tale-Teller’; concentrating on the stories, with just a minimum of magical illustration to add a little variety to the performance. This was the presentation that I took to the 2002 Lancaster Easter Maritime Festival.
Over the years I have read many books on the subject of pirates. Some are now out of print and are difficult to obtain. Of those that are currently available, I can recommend:
A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates by Captain Charles Johnson, and The Pirates Own Book: Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers the Marine Research Society and Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates.
Here are a few of the stories that I tell. I have omitted the obvious BLACKBEARD, CAPTAIN KIDD and HENRY MORGAN yarns. They are well documented on other web-sites. ANNE BONNEY and MARY READ are also left out for the same reason. I have begun with the less known but true story of a female who was abducted by a pirate and how she resolved her situation! This story always produces strong reaction from the women in my audiences – I can’t think why!

Full-text stories:
"The Revenge of Emmy Tot!"
"The Pirates Curse!"
"Captain Daniel and the Priest"
"The Unfortunate Sea Cook"
"The Legend of the Bell Rock"
"Jack Warrender and the Standing Stones"
"The Treasure of Tortuga!"

"Emma-Lindsay Squier's Pirate Stories"
Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Emma-Lindsay Squier's niece Aileen Block told me in our correspondence: "Emma-Lindsay's fascination with Pirate tales may have begun when she learned that her great-great grandfather, Noble Squier, had been a Privateer during part of the Revolutionary war. She never mentioned it, that I recall, but she must have heard the story from her father, who would surely have heard it from†his own father or grandfather. A few years ago, I obtained copies of Noble Squier's pension papers. He had served during the Revolution in several capacities -- soldier, sailor, Indian scout. He had spent several months aboard the Privateering vessel Randolph, whose crew had captured 8 ships. One of the xeroxed papers I have lists his occupation as 'Privateer.' Just a surmise, but that's just the sort of thing that would catch her wonderful imagination & set it afire."...
For more info and stories, go to:

20) Debbie's Unit Factory Pirate Links
Lesson Plans
Pirate Links
Famous Pirates
Pirate Stories & Songs
Women Pirates

21) "Pirates of Penzance" premiered on December 31, 1879, so Fredrick was twenty-three but only had a few months to go to reach his sixth birthday. IIRC, it was staged in New York before London, because the previous G&S operetta, HMS Pinafore, had been pirated by an American producer though a copyright technicality. Hence their next production featured pirates.

.....Response: And he will not reach his twenty-first birthday until 1940! [You do the math] 1940-(21*4)=1856 Pirates of Penzance .....premiered on December 31, 1879, so Fredrick was twenty-three but only had a few months to go to reach his sixth birthday.

22) Let's enjoy poetry;: An anthology of children's verse for grades 4, 5, and 6, with suggestions for teaching, written by Mildred Plew Merryman (1961), selected by Rosalind Hughes, Houghton Mifflin, 1961. (Permission to print in 1961 came from M.P.Ruckel from Child Life Magazine , 1923, Rand McNally.)

There's a rousing poem in this book called "The Pirate Don Dirk of Dundee" that's fun to recite. All thumping rhymes and stereotyped images...

Response: Here's the text:
Ho, for the Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee!
He was as wicked as wicked could be,
But oh, he was perfectly gorgeous to see!
The Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee.

His conscience, of course, was as black as a bat,
But he had a floppety plume on his hat
And when he went walking it jiggled - like that!
The plume of the Pirate Dowdee.

His coat it was crimson and cut with a slash,
And often as ever he twirled his mustache
Deep down in the ocean the mermaids went splash,
Because of Don Durk of Dowdee.

Moreover, Dowdee had a purple tattoo,
And stuck in his belt where he buckled it through
Were a dagger, a dirk, and a squizzarmaroo,
For fierce was the Pirate Dowdee.

So fearful he was he would shoot at a puff,
And always at sea when the weather grew rough
He drank from a bottle and wrote on his cuff,
Did Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee.

Oh, he had a cutlass that swung at his thigh
And he had a parrot called Pepperkin Pye,
And a zigzaggy scar at the end of his eye,
Had Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee.

He kept in a cavern, this buccaneer bold,
A curious chest that was covered with mold,
And all of his pockets were jingly with gold!
Oh jing! went the gold of Dowdee.

His conscience, of course, it was crook'd like a squash,
But both of his boots made a slickery slosh,
And he went through the world with a wonderful swash,
Did Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee.

It's true he was wicked as wicked could be,
His sins they outnumbered a hundred and three,
But oh, he was perfectly gorgeous to see,
The Pirate don Durk of Dowdee.

23) Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate, The (Puffin Picture Story Book) by Margaret Mahy. 1996.


a) I first heard this told by Pat Peterson, who is one of the featured regional tellers for Bellingham, and I was spellbound. It was the first time I had experienced the trance phenomena.

b) My absolute favorite pirate book is Margaret Mahy's The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate. The illustrator is Margaret Chamberlain [sure lot of Margarets around here]. It is my fond hope that I grow more and more to look just like the picture of the pirate mother. Margaret in Illinois, who know it is, it is a glorious thing to be a pirate queen. Hurrah for the pirate queen! Hurrah for the pirate queen!

24) Ocean Almanac (The) by Robert Hendrickson is one of the best books on the myths of the oceans and other sea stuff. (1984)
As expansive as the ocean itself, this entertaining, informative almanac offers hundreds of fascinating essays, anecdotes, facts, legends, and mysteries concerning the sea, its amazing inhabitants--both real and apocryphal--and the men and ships who have sailed it through the ages.

Years ago this list recommended the following book and it is one of the best reads I've had on pirates, and the myths of the oceans and a bunch of other sea stuff. (Sorry about the technical jargon.)

24) Other pirate books:
Pirates (Worldwise) by Scott Steadman (J 910.4 St)
Pirates: Facts, Things to Make, Activities (Craft Topics) by Rachel Wright (J 745.5 Wr)
Smallest Pirate, The by Denise and Alain Trez (Ej Tr)
Tough Boris by Mem Fox (Ej Fo)
Treasure of Cozy Cove, The, or The Voyage of the "Kipper" by Tony Ross (Ej Ro)
Trouble with Uncle (The) by Babette Cole. (1992)
True-Life Treasure Hunts (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5) by Judy Donnelly (A Step-into Reading book) (J 910.45 Do)

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