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Lafitte, the Pirate

Lafitte, the Pirate

by Ariane Dewey

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K-Gr 3 Jean Laffite was the archetype of the dashing and romantic pirate who alternately plagued and aided the U.S. government during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Dewey, in a brief, readable chapter story, relates many episodes in the life of the colorful Laffite and his band of ``cutthroats:'' they capture ships, kill crew members and sell their plunder . Laffite becomes leader of all the pirates of Barataria, a region of bayous and swamps near New Orleans; he often locks horns, sometimes with humorous results, with Governor Claiborne of Louisiana; and of course Laffite buries treasure, rumored to be still buried and guarded by ghosts. Lots of pure action and adventure is crammed in heremore than enough to compete successfully with any Saturday morning cartoonbut on a much higher level. Dewey's characteristically simple, almost primitive illustrations enhance the text . An enjoyable and worthwhile book that will read well aloud. Hayden E. Atwood, Cape Elizabeth Elementary School Lib . , Maine

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