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Lives of the Pirates: Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!)
     

Lives of the Pirates: Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!)

by Kathleen Krull, Kathryn Hewitt, Ray Childs (Read by)
 

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THE PIRATES OF LEGEND sailed the seven seas, exercised a salty vocabulary, and pursed lives full of swardplay and adventure. But what was life like for the real pirates of history? What odd animals did William Dampier have on board? Why dud Grace O'Malley cut her hair? And which pirate liked to wear pajamas on deck?

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THE PIRATES OF LEGEND sailed the seven seas, exercised a salty vocabulary, and pursed lives full of swardplay and adventure. But what was life like for the real pirates of history? What odd animals did William Dampier have on board? Why dud Grace O'Malley cut her hair? And which pirate liked to wear pajamas on deck?

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School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Based on a tantalizing mix of hard facts and credible rumors, Kathleen Krull's book (Harcourt, 2010) contain 20 brief biographies of pirates arranged chronologically. The earliest is Alvilda, a Scandinavian princess whose pirating helped her avoid an unwanted suitor. Kymberly Dakin narrates the women's tales, including Madame Cheng, the inspiration for the Dragon Lady in Terry and the Pirates; Grace O'Malley, the pirate queen; and Lady Mary Killigrew, among others. Ray Childs reads the stories of the male pirates, such as Sir Frances Drake, Captain Kidd, Black Beard, Jean Lafitte, Long John Silver, and others. Both narrators capture the irony and humor of the text, savoring the gossipy details of these sensational lives. Random sections called "Buried Treasure" tell of recent hunts for sunken ships and relate interesting developments in pirate lore. Krull vividly presents these swashbucklers and scoundrels, and their dramatic stories will excite the imaginations of listeners. A solid choice for school and public libraries.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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PRAISE FOR THE LIVES OF SERIES:
 
* "Living, breathing anecodotes—the stuff of which the best biography is made." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
"As addictive as it is fascinating."—The Horn Book Magazine
 
"Another colorful, enthralling excursion into our cultural heritage."—Kirkus Reviews
 
"An entertaining survey, of interest to adults as well as children."—The New York Times Book Review
 
* "Irresistible."—SLJ, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935430438
Publisher:
Audio Bookshelf
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Series:
Lives of... Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
2
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 6.62(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kathleen Krull is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young people, including Lives of the Explorers, Lives of the Musicians, and all other books in this popular series illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. She is also the author of Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, as well as The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) and Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country), both co-written with Paul Brewer and illustrated by Stacy Innerst. She lives in San Diego, California. www.kathleenkrull.com.
 

Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the Lives of . . . series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at www.kathrynhewitt.com.

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