A tale for young readers who learn to share (The Bossy Pirate by Gurney)

This is a book for either a read-aloud or for a young reader to read independently.  It is a tale that shows the importance of sharing in a way that uses humor, real seagoing words and some great words coined by the author’s imagination.

Salty Jack runs his pirate ship from his bedroom.  The book’s illustrations vary between Salty Jack’s house and the imaginary high seas and treasure islands.  All goes well until a mermaid refuses to follow Salty Jack’s orders.  Seeing this, the other crew members mutiny.  Our captain learns from this experience and commands differently the next day.

This book encourages children to share.  They all have more fun together as a result.  It is a story that merits a spot in nursery school or kindergarten libraries.

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