Pirates

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Ahoy, mateys! Set sail with Pirates for the true story of these swashbuckling adventurers. Action-packed illustrations and detailed descriptions provide young would-be adventurers with a first-hand look at what it was like to be a pirate. Beginning with a brief history of pirates and privateers, this book provides comprehensive coverage of everything from daily life on the ship -- food, living quarters, and ship maintenance -- to the heart-stopping battles fought for great treasures. A terrific reference, the ...
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Overview

Ahoy, mateys! Set sail with Pirates for the true story of these swashbuckling adventurers. Action-packed illustrations and detailed descriptions provide young would-be adventurers with a first-hand look at what it was like to be a pirate. Beginning with a brief history of pirates and privateers, this book provides comprehensive coverage of everything from daily life on the ship -- food, living quarters, and ship maintenance -- to the heart-stopping battles fought for great treasures. A terrific reference, the book also includes technical sailing information, a discussion of pirates in fiction, brief biographies of the most notorious pirates, a glossary of nautical terms, and an index.

Discusses when and where pirates typically lived and what their activities were.

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Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
This is an exciting book for the pirate devotee. It looks at piracy in all parts of the world, from the pirate beginnings in ancient Greece nearly 2000 years ago to the piracy taking place today. Learn about pirate ships, blackjacks, spyglasses, fighting dirty, treasure, corsairs, and pirate kingdoms. Each page is colorfully and attractively presented with a variety of type styles that add visual excitement. The glossary and index also contain drawings. The Rogues' gallery features brief biographies of 59 infamous pirates.
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Gr 3-5From Roman times to Viking raids to hijackings in the 1990s, Steele presents a chronological view of the life and times of pirates. His well-rounded presentation offers information about buccaneers in the Caribbean, North America, China, the Middle East, Spain, and Britain and gives a brief look at female pirates. Double-page spreads cover each topic with large-print, clearly written texts, and numerous sidebars. Similar in scope to Saviour Pirotta's Pirates and Treasures (Raintree, 1996), this title is set apart by its illustrations and reproductions, which are numerous, colorful, and lively. Wonderfully laced into the text, the pictures show pirate ships and dress from around the world, maps of routes, and flags. Minibiographies of over 50 "Rogues" are appended. A well-done book that browsers and pirate enthusiasts will enjoy.Katherine Borchert, Arlington Central Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754802082
  • Publisher: Anness Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: Discovery Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.88 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Steele has a passion for writing about history. He is a well-known author of more than one hundred children's books, including Castles, Pirates, Knights, The Best Book of Mummies, The World of Pirates, and The World of Castles. He was a student of medieval French and German literature, and has visited castles in England, France, Germany, Spain, and Poland. He has travelled to the Valley of the Kings and other sites of Ancient Egypt, and has met mummies face to face in the Cairo Museum. Philip now lives near Beaumaris and the other great castles of North Wales.
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