Describes the history of pirates, including the reasons people became pirates and why the Golden Age of Piracy ended.
Children's Literature - Leslie RoundsThis book, part of the "Real World of Pirates" series, presents information about the history of pirating, although it only focuses on pirates of the Caribbean. Mediterranean pirates are not mentioned at all, although they presented a significant shipping problem. Much of the information presented in this book overlaps that of The Pirate Code: Life of a Pirate, another title in this series. Piracy in modern times is covered on one page at the end of the book. No maps are included. Bright hued illustrations, many of them details from historic paintings in museum collections, are sometimes overlaid with the text, adding to the colorful presentation of a colorful topic. Although this creates lots of eye appeal, the paintings are only credited in fine print on the copyright page, leaving most readers unaware of the interesting source of the illustrations. The text, displayed on white against dark red splashed and striped backgrounds, is relatively brief, usually just three short paragraphs per double-page spread, making it more accessible to younger readers and listeners. The text is of high interest and will also be appealing to reluctant older readers. This book includes a brief list of other books for additional reading, a glossary, a comprehensive index, and access to grade-appropriate Internet sites through the publisher's web page. Though not an essential purchase, this book would be a good addition to collections serving elementary school students, given the increased demand created by recent pirate movies.
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