Thursday, December 10, 2009
Don't Mention Pirates by Sarah McConnell
The first time reading this book through I thought that it was just a cute book about a little girl and her family. Upon looking deeper though I saw some things below the surface. For example, Scarlet, the main character, knows that she and her family are pirates, even though no one will admit it. She also knows in her heart that she is a pirate and she wont let anyone ruin that for her. This definitely speaks to listening to your heart and holding on to what you know to be true, even when people are telling you that you're wrong about it. This could almost be about a gay child coming out to his or her parents and having them accept their child in the end for who they are. The lesson here would be: be who you are, even if people think it is wrong. The other lesson that I saw here was that this is a very different family. They live in a house that is shaped like a pirate ship for starters. I feel like the family in this book could be used as an example for students who have different kinds of families or live in other kinds of houses. The lesson being that everyone comes from different kinds of families and everyone has different backgrounds that they need to be proud of.
Other than that, I would say that this was a fun book about being together as a family and coming to accept what you are. In this case, it was pirates. I picked this book because I just love reading stories about pirates to children. Why? Because they love pirates! This has always been my experience at any rate, and when you read a book to a child that you know they are going to love, it makes the experience that much more meaningful.
The library and I contend that this book would be appropriate for pre-school through second grade.