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So Your Kid Is Not Into Pirates?I will be honest – my daughter has never been interested in pirates and pirate books. It’s her second least favorite topic, right after mummies. I thought that we would skip this month of Poppins Book Nook altogether, but then the perfect book presented itself.
Captain No Beard is a lovely new series from Carole P. Roman. We received the first book for review some time ago, and since then Carole was very generous sending us other books in these series. Each book follows a journey of a pretend pirate crew over oceans of imagination while solving some real problems of friendship, responsibility or resolving arguments. Smarty especially loved the latest book that was sent to us - The Treasure of Snake Island. In this book there is no conflict between characters, but together they are looking for a treasure. There is a hint in the book which allowed Smarty to predict correctly what they would find, and she was delighted to see that she was right.
A Pirate Ship Engineering ChallengeWhen we read The Treasure of Snake Island, I proposed a challenge to Smarty to build a pirate ship. I envisioned something like this (that’s what I built), but Smarty was not interested in mini-versions.
She set out to build a “life-sized” pirate ship, just like characters in the book who use a bed as a ship and stuffed animals as crewmates. My own challenge was to hold all the “helpful advice” and let it be a completely child-led project. It was fun to watch how things unfolded in her imagination. It took her all morning to build and equip her ship, and she already made several imaginary voyages in it. Hopefully she finds crewmates to join her on her trips before the ship will have to come apart.
Solving Engineering Problems
Smarty had to solve several engineering problems while constructing her ship. Again, I had to bite my tongue really hard not to offer her help. I broke down on helm, but she didn’t listen to my advice anyway.
- How to keep your mast up – a lot of masking tape and scotch tape was used.
- Securing a sail – Smarty surprised me here, her sail can even move up and down.
- Making a helm. It turned out not quite in scale of the rest of the ship and hanging by a thread… well, by a toothpick, but she is quite proud of it.