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A cross between a pourquoi folktale and a children's story, learn how it was that the pirate got its parrot!

Synopsis

Captain John is a bad old mean pirate who tries to plunder ships. But then he encounters a parrot who takes a fancy to his gold watch and decides to steal it. The parrot takes some coaxing from Captain John to give up the gold watch. Can this be the start of a unique and hilarious partnership?

The book, How the Parrot Found its Pirate, seems like it should be a children's picture book. It's short, with well-illustrated pictures. However, using words like "plunder" make it difficult for kids to understand. The idea of attacking other ships and the images of people tied up and kept captive is also a little violent for a children's book.


The story is a cross between a picture book story and a pourquoi folktale. Telling how something came to be is often classified as pourquoi, and this book does tell the story of literally how the parrot found the pirate. Often in stories, a pirate has a parrot on board with him; this provides a tale of how that happened.


The story itself is a little far-fetched and does not contain a lesson or a moral (as often accompanies folk tales).


As such, it's hard to determine the proper audience for this book. It's above a children's book, but it's hard to use in the classroom as a teaching tool. The illustrations are very well done, but the story would be better if there was a lesson learned by the end of it.

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Synopsis

Captain John is a bad old mean pirate who tries to plunder ships. But then he encounters a parrot who takes a fancy to his gold watch and decides to steal it. The parrot takes some coaxing from Captain John to give up the gold watch. Can this be the start of a unique and hilarious partnership?

Captain John felt very mean and grumpy.


He hadn't seen any ships to burn and plunder in over a month.


"Perhaps there are no ships left,"Nelson purred.


"A ship. A big ship. Look there." Lofty spied from high up in the crows nest.


Everyone cheered and ran tot he side of the pirate ship to wave.


Captain John blew steam from his ears.


"We are bad old mean pirates, and we will plunder that ship."


All the pirates looked at Captain John.


"Are you sure Captain?" Nelson asked. "They look bigger than us."

About the author

Tracey C Ayres grew up in a small village in England with her family. After some extensive travelling, she met and married Steve. Now she writes from her gum studded property in Australia. view profile

Published on March 14, 2019

0-1000 words

Genre: Children's picture books

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