An envelope arrived in my mailbox yesterday…and it sparked today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday story…and the craft activity that follows.
My 4-year old grandson sent me a TREASURE MAP! How exciting!
So I knew that today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday choice would have to be about…PIRATES!
Written by Cornelia Funke
Illustrated by Kerstin Meyer
Publisher: Chicken House (2005)
Ages: 4 and up
Imagination, adv enture, problem solving, girl power
“Captain Firebeard was the terror of the high seas. His ship, the Horrible Haddock, sailed faster than the wind over the waves.”
“Best-selling author Cornelia Funke and acclaimed illustrator Kerstin Meyer — the winning team behind THE PRINCESS KNIGHT — deliver another glorious adventure tale that celebrates girlhood!
Ferocious pirate Captain Firebeard THINKS that he and the ruthless crew of the “Horrible Haddock” rule the high seas. But Firebeard and his band meet their match when they kidnap a small but feisty girl named Molly. Even after the pirates threaten Molly with sharks and make her scrub the deck, she is utterly defiant — and will NOT tell Firebeard who her parents are. All the while, Molly is busy sending secret messages in bottles…but to whom? When her rescuers arrive, the pirates are in for a real surprise! For the TRUE fiercest pirate on the seas is none other than Molly’s mother!”
Why I like this book:
Pirates and girl power…all rolled up in a fun adventure. The illustrations are bold and captivating…and the story will appeal to any kid who loves a pirate story.
How a parent can use this book:
- As a read-aloud
- To show children that each of us is the ‘master of our fate’
- To let girls know that they, too, can be ‘pirates’.
- To help kids realize that every problem has a solution
Photo courtesy http://www.wikihow.com
There are step-by-step instructions on how to make an ‘authentic-looking’ treasure map…using tea and a lighter here: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Pirates-Treasure-Map-for-Children
But for Busy Mom’s on the Run…here’s an alternative.
You will need: 1 piece of white construction paper (or copy paper), scissors, markers or crayons.
- Cut uneven scallops along the edges of the paper.
- Use a brown crayon or marker to add color to the edges so that it looks ‘antique’.
- Draw your map…making sure to have an ‘X’ to mark the spot of the treasure.
Talk with your kids about maps.
- Why do we need them?
- What did people do before there were any maps?
- Find pictures of old maps.
- Look at maps of the United States at different times in our history.
- Take a walk with your children and make a map of your street or neighborhood.
I wanted to share some good news! I’ve been asked to ship several boxes of Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking to Singapore for the bookstore at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content. My Parents Forum presentation is: A PICTURE BOOK IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS…USING PICTURE BOOKS AS PARENTING TOOLS TO BUILD SELF-ESTEEM AND STRENGTHEN THE PARENT-CHILD CONNECTION.
To celebrate, I am having a FREE SHIPPING promotion! Do you want to encourage your child’s creativity? Show Me How gives you 100 picture book suggestions and a simple arts and crafts activity for each one! Get FREE SHIPPING (to any US address) if you order a copy from my author website in the month of April.
- Pirates, treasure, and more, with the Google Maps API (googlegeodevelopers.blogspot.com)
- Stereo types do exsit, even among Pirates! (fuzzscinating.com)