Stuck in the Doldrums: A Lesson in Sharing- A Captain No Beard Story

Stuck in the Doldrums: A Lesson in Sharing- A Captain No Beard Story

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by Carole P. Roman
When the wind stops blowing, Captain No Beard and his crew, including First Mate Hallie, Linus the Lion, Fribbet the Frog, Mongo the Monkey and Polly the Parrot, are stuck on a desert island. Maroon with nothing to do, they begin to play and enjoy themselves. However, Captain No Beard has other ideas, bossing his crew around and making playtime cheerless for everyone.


When the wind stops blowing, Captain No Beard and his crew, including First Mate Hallie, Linus the Lion, Fribbet the Frog, Mongo the Monkey and Polly the Parrot, are stuck on a desert island. Maroon with nothing to do, they begin to play and enjoy themselves. However, Captain No Beard has other ideas, bossing his crew around and making playtime cheerless for everyone.
Soon, Captain No Beard decides he has had enough and storms off. When his ship is attacked by a giant squid, he realizes he needs his crew more than ever.
Captain No Beard and his crew show young readers that's it's important to cooperate and share your belongings. The crew teaches us that if you want to have friends, then you must be a friend too.

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Kirkus Reviews
In Roman's (Pepper Parrot's Problem With Patience, 2013, etc.) newest Captain No Beard adventure, the feisty captain learns that teamwork can save the day. Life as a pirate ship captain isn't always fun, especially when the wind dies down and the ship gets "stuck in the doldrums." Stranded on a desert island, Captain No Beard's crew endeavors to entertain themselves by seeing shapes in the clouds with a telescope. The colorful illustrations and animated expressions of the characters bring life to the tropical scene populated by good friends. Unfortunately, however, there's only one telescope. Everyone on the crew wants a turn to see the marshmallows in the clouds, but Captain No Beard claims his status as captain means he gets dibs. When the rest of the crew stomps off to find other entertainment by building a sand castle, Captain No Beard finds that telescope-gazing alone isn't much fun. Then, when the captain starts bossing the other pirates around and rebuilding their sand castle, his crew relocates to the other side of the beach so they can have some fun and be rid of the domineering captain. Calling it mutiny, Captain No Beard retreats to his dragon-headed ship, proclaiming, "Who needs them anyway? It's my ship, and I can do everything myself." However, when a feisty squid attacks the ship in a colorful swirl of purple and blue waves, the big boss quickly learns that he needs his crew to survive. After a moment of hesitation, his loyal team comes to the rescue despite his poor treatment of them, teaching him that it's more important to be a good friend than a boss. Captain No Beard acknowledges the lesson, saying, "A good captain must consider everyone's feelings, or else nobody will want to be in his crew," to which his crew responds with hearty cheers of "Arrgh, arrgh." His crew's frankness in explaining how to be both a friend and boss will teach children to speak up when their friends aren't being as considerate as they could be. Honesty and a genuine apology help heal the misunderstanding, giving way to cheerful fun and a beautiful lesson for kids. Once again, Roman delights with whimsical pictures, clever text, important lessons and plenty of pirate lingo.

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CreateSpace Publishing
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Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher who became a businesswoman. Having grandchildren and sharing stories created a whole new career as an author. Her "Captain No Beard" series has become a hit with young readers as well as their parents. Her debut book, "Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" received Five Stars from the ForeWord Reviews - Clarion Review. Roman is currently working on a nonfiction series called "If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico- A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World." She lives on Long Island with her family.

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Stuck in the Doldrums: A Lesson in Sharing- A Captain No Beard Story 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
This children's book has a pirate theme and teaches young ones valuable lessons.  While the title says the book focuses on sharing, there is really more to it than that.  Ideas such as cooperation, friendship, altruism, and kindness in the face of adversity are also covered.  I also thought it was cute that there was the title "a captain no-beard story" throughout.  The story will hold readers' attention, and the end is quite surprising.  Even though it is a children's book and not a suspense novel, I was pleasantly surprised to get to the last page of the story and read something I was not expecting.  The illustrations are lovely in this book, and they resemble vibrant watercolor artwork.  I also liked how the text pages had illustrations and graphic designs on them and were not just plain white (as some children's books are).  The font was also fun and appropriate for this pirate story.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
STUCK IN THE DOLDRUMS: A LESSON IN SHARING,A CAPTAIN NO BEARD STORY by Carole P. Roman is an absolute delight. What's not to enjoy with a Captain No Beard story. Filled with adventure,silliness,sharing,and compromising. Captain No Beard and his crew of merrymakers are sure to delight your youngster. A children's adventure is as full as their minds can dream. A children's book with a pirate them that is full of lessons to be learned and adventure. A delightful children's series,with vivid illustrations. Highly recommended. Received for an honest review from the author. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: NONE(CHILDREN'S) REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Captain No Beard decides that since there is no wind for the sails they should  spend the day on the beach..  His ship mates love this idea.  Mongo the Monkey climbs a coconut tree and checks out puffy clouds with the spyglass but does not want to share it with Captain No Beard.  So Captain No Beard pronounces he is the captain and to hand over the spyglass.  This made Mongo sad.  Then Linus the Lion and Fribett the frog were building a sand castle and the Captain told them they were doing it all wrong and took over their sandcastle.   All of the mates let the Captain know he was not being fair and they did not want to play with him.  This made Captain No Beard get an even bigger attitude and he returned to the ship alone.  Something happened while he was on the ship all alone and he starting calling for help.  At first his mates did not want to help him but Hallie changed their mind.  They solved the problem on the ship as a team and they realized they worked very well together.   Do you think Captain No Beard owes them an apology?  After all being Captain is a very hard job.  Do you share with others?  The author has done it again she has written a wonderful story teaching the importance of sharing and teamwork.  Also the need to respect each other at all times.  Captain No Beard and his mates teach sharing through their adventure which will keep young readers out of the doldrums.   This is a fun adventurous outing that finds the captain in a dangerous situation that bring his shipmates to his rescue and working together as a team. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure:  I received a free book from the Bostick Communications/Author for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Once again we find Captain No Beard and his crew in their travels and learn another valuable lesson. This time the Captain finds himself frustrated as he thinks his crew isn't following directions. With her writings and the colorful illustrations, Carole brings forth her message in a nice, gentle way and reminds us that we need to learn how to compromise, share and be aware of the feelings of others. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
Carole Roman teaches some strong lessons to young children in a way that is easy for them to understand and process.  This book is about the importance of sharing.  Every child needs to understand how to share and why it is important to share.  It is a skill they will need for their entire lives and Stuck In The Doldrums is an excellent tool to include in the learning process.  This is another book in the Captain No Beard series and the illustrations add perfect dimension and assist in the message for children.  I give this book 5 stars!  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
The Captain No Beard Series by Carole P Roman are vibrantly illustrated children's books based on the popular pirate theme. Stuck In the Doldrums is an inviting new book in the series. The word "Doldrums" has two commonly accepted meanings as it can refer to a physical location- an unspecified place in the middle of the ocean with squalls and winds. The doldrums can also refer to a state or period of inactivity and stagnation. Roman cleverly integrates both meanings and weaves them into a lesson about sharing that all children will enjoy. I can imagine this will allow a lively after story discussion between children and parents about the ethics of sharing as well as a science and geography lesson about the vastness of the ocean. Two popular topics are incorporated into a story about an ethical theme of sharing. The first book in the series ended with a surprise twist in which the "pirates" and their pirate adventure was actually the imaginary game of a few imaginative children at play. This new edition does not hint at the surprise ending on its cover, allowing the readers more of a surprise at the end. Only with the last scene, on the last page features the children in pirate costumes playing in a messy bed with their stuffed toys. I feel this will encourage children to role play and use their imaginations which is very important especially in this modern day where so many kids spend endless hours passively watching TV or playing video games. This book will show that all it takes is an imagination and maybe a few stuffed toys to enter into an entirely new world. Roman's new series introduces children to the friendly pirate named Captain No Beard, and his frigate as well as the host of friendly talking animals. Basically these books are the perfect introduction to children's pirate literature - like pirate literature 101 complete with the typical pirate talk and pirate cliches with explanations as well. Each story can be enjoyed independently as well. The richly colored artwork is inviting for parents to read as well as children. The talent of the artist is well reflected in contrast to simple cartoonish drawing that you see in so many kids' books these days. As a blogger I received this book from the author for the purpose of writing this review. Posted by Patricia at 6:58 AM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook Reactions: No comments: Post a Comment Links to this post Create a Link Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
We received this book to give an honest review. This is our second book to read with Captain No Beard and it is a great story. This time we are learning about Sharing which is great for every child to learn. Captain No Beard isn't being nice to his crew members, and he learns a lesson that he should be nice to everyone. You also learn about being bossy and that it isn't good to be bossy. People don't like to be around those that are not nice, not sharing or being bossy. Which I think is great for the younger children to learn, this was perfect for K being as he isn't bossy but at times he doesn't like to share and this book may help him learn how to.  K's favorite part was the octopus messing with the ship and his friends even though they were upset with Captain No Beard they still came to help him out.  Great bedtime story for us and we will be reading more about Captain No Beard and his crew. 
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
Again we visited Alexander (Captain No Beard), his cousin Hallie and his trove of stuffed animals who in the world of pretend are all shipmates of Captain No Beard.  Through each of the Captain No Beard books is a lesson.  This third installment is about sharing and disadvantage of being too bossy. Alexander tries to take over every step of the ship and tell each member they are doing things wrong and that he can do their jobs better.  He realizes once he wants the ship to sail that he may need help. The story is sweet and the art of the watercolor pictures are glorious.  It is a great series that both girls and boys would enjoy.
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
Goodness, Mrs. Carole has done it again! I can NOT express how much I love her books! My daughter’s face, to see her smile, as she reads through a book is such a joy to watch. “Stuck in the Doldrums” is a perfect read and teaches children the importance of sharing, respect and teamwork. Captain No Beard teaches children the value of everyday life, and how to help: sharing, respect, etc. it keeps young ones in-tuned to learning, even when they don’t know it. The illustrations in the book are amazing, and go well with the story. Of course I will continue to read Carole P. Roman’s books to my children. With that being said, I would recommend this book to you and your family.