Monday, August 17, 2009

Kid Picks

Kids' PicksAnother round for Kid Picks over at 5 Minutes for Books and I almost think my offering is unfortunate. I have something against my son thinking pirates are cool but at the same time, he thinks it's all in good fun (thanks to Peter Pan). Pirates just aren't ADMIRABLE people. However, they do wear eye patches, have hooks for hands, and carry telescopes around and apparently that's a fascinating combination. As long as the fascination is focused on accessories, I'm willing to go with the flow. We just try to avoid scary looking pirates and the ones that look like they have less than admirable intentions towards their fellow humans. (Heh.)

Recently I picked up Barefoot Books' Port Side Pirates (only I purchased the paperback book that does not come with a CD). The book reads along in sing-song fashion so you can read it as is, or you can sing along to it. (You can purchase the book with or without CD and the music is in the back of the book if you want to check out the tune.)

The running refrain is:

"Oh we go this way, that way,
Port side, starboard
over the deep blue sea!"

The illustrator of this book, Oscar Seaworthy (oh yes!), keeps the pirates cartoonish and friendly, and yet it still has the trademark Barefoot Book look to it. I think it feels very folksy. They definitely have a unique look and feel to their books on the whole and this book sticks to Barefoot tradition (i.e., bold colors, inviting illustrations, etc.). The pirates in this book run into a storm, come upon a deserted island, and find treasure, just like all good pirates do. It's an upbeat kind of book and so I don't really mind indulging in the obsession with this book.

The other pirate-y book that my son loves is Usbourne Books' That's Not My Pirate which is BABY friendly so I really have no worries about it. We reviewed this book previously on 5 Minutes for Books and its still a favorite in our household. Pretty much all you are doing is looking at various pirates and feeling different textures. Technically this is below my son's reading level but it is not below his interest level. (Again, we're talking about eye patches, telescopes and pirate ships, etc. It's really hard to go wrong with this book.) A clever little addition to Usbourne's line of That's Not My . . . series.

Thanks to the local Dollar Store we can also have our own fun with pirate play. For $1 we got a hook AND an eye path. The hat came separately and he's made plenty good use out of all of these items as he runs around the house singing Peter Pan's "OooooooOOOOOoooH, a Pirate's Life for Me!" (We hear that quite frequently. I'll only worry when he's older.) He's having fun, he's playing, he's enjoying life and we're going with the flow of things. (The following photographs we took in our portrait studio.)

And for your amusement (and mostly my son's), here are "our" favorite singing clips from Disney's Peter Pan:

"Barrels of fun for everyone!"

Yo Ho!


Unknown said...

Very very cute!

Yeah, with the "real pirates" being in the news of late, I can't help but wonder when they won't be politically correct anymore!!

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

I loved pirates when I was younger. Thanks for visiting today!

morninglight mama said...

We also LOVE "How I Became a Pirate" by Melinda Long (and illustrated by the very recognizable David Shannon)-- the focus is on the 'freedom' the pirates have, from the perspective of a five year old boy-- no one to tell them to brush their teeth or eat their veggies, etc. It's all in good fun, with a fun ending, and it's a FANTASTIC read aloud!!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures, especially, Carrie! I wish we lived closer so you could photograph my girls!

Those books look like a lot of fun!

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