From the moment we started reading this story, the boys were captivated. The sat glued to the book from start to finish. This is always a good sign of a good book - one that can capture and hold the attention of young readers.
Age Level: 3 years and up.
Absolutely beautiful! They're full of details and action. Whenever you look at a page, there's plenty to see. It's the little details, the expressions on faces, the actions happening in the corners (e.g., the pot boiling over), that keep you looking for more.
There's a little more text in this book than the average picture book. It's well written and keeps you wanting to turn the page to find out what's going to happen. Will Peg-Leg, the captain really be made to walk the plank? Are they really going to eat Matey, the captain's pet pig?
By the way, have you ever noticed how many children's books about pirates also involve pigs ... and parrots? Must have something to do with the fact they all start with "p"!
There's a solid plot and lots of action in "The Pirate and the Pig". When it all looks like there's no way out, the story finishes with a happy ending. Hooray!
The boys both agree this is a funny book. The roundish shape of all the characters keep the story feeling light and humorous despite the dastardly plot to get rid of the captain and fatten up his pig for Christmas dinner!
"The Pirate and the Pig" is sure to be a book called on again during our bedtime story routine.
Have you seen these posts which also relate to pirates?
- How To Dress Up As A Pirate
- Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs - Missing Treasure!
- Class Three All At Sea
You'll find ideas on how to create pirate dress-up props easily and quickly. Items include a pirate's parrot, sword, sword holder and hat. There are outlines to download as well.
If you're looking for a new reading chart to use with your children, you're welcome to download this Pirate Ship Reading Record Chart. This is a great way to acknowledge children's reading efforts and recording how many books they've read.
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