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Discovering Pirates
     

Discovering Pirates

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by Richard Platt, Platt (Other)
 

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Exciting illustrations put wind in the sails of the most famous pirates as they travel the seven seas in search of treasure and adventure. This children's book includes a wealth of information on what life was like on the high seas: what pirates ate, what they wore, and what they did while they were out to sea.

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Exciting illustrations put wind in the sails of the most famous pirates as they travel the seven seas in search of treasure and adventure. This children's book includes a wealth of information on what life was like on the high seas: what pirates ate, what they wore, and what they did while they were out to sea.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Similar in format to Philip Steele's Pirates (1997) and Barnaby Harward's The Best Book of Pirates (2002, both Kingfisher), this book is highly visual, with information conveyed in clear, although not detailed, prose. Expressive, cartoon illustrations with inset text will invite readers to peruse spreads devoted to matters such as "Pirate Weapons" and "Treasure Island." While cursory in their examination of this cultural phenomenon, these chapters do give a nice historical overview of and context to the time periods in which pirates flourished. Although there is an index, this book will probably function better as a browsing item. For a more in-depth treatment of this topic, guide researchers to Milton Meltzer's Piracy and Plunder: A Murderous Business (Penguin, 2001).-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589802278
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/29/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Platt is the author of a growing list of informative books for young readers and also writes for innovative multimedia projects. He was born in 1953 in the United Kingdom and earned his degree in art from Newcastle College of Art and Design in 1974. Platt earned his B.A. from Leeds Polytechnic University and attended Central School of Art in 1977. He has had experience working as a photographer and subeditor and has been a freelance writer since 1985. Platt lives in England.

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Discovering Pirates [Includes Pirate Flag] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Pirates, as author Richard Platt quickly makes clear, were an unsavory lot to say the least. Wonderful full-color illustrations of these grizzly fellows also leave no doubt that they were men to be avoided at all costs. That was not as easy as it sounds because early mariners on the Mediterranean (some 5,000 years ago) had no defense when overtaken by a merciless crew who stole what they had and often sold the seamen for slaves. During the 16th century Spanish ships carried the greatest booty in gold and silver stolen from the Aztecs and Incas. Even the English, led by Sir Francis Drake, raided Spanish treasure. Famous pirates aren't overlooked - Blackbeard, of course, one of the cruelest and most intimidating physically. His real name was Edward Teach; it's said he was so fierce that it took five gun shots and 20 sword wounds to kill him. An English pirate, Henry Avery, made his fortune in piracy as did William Kidd. Illustrations of pirate ships, their weapons, and flags are also discussed, and a visit to Treasure Island is included. 'Discovering Pirates' is a valuable resource as well as entertaining reading for those interested in the buccaneers who once roamed the seas. - Gail Cooke