The Pirate Queen

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Grania O'Malley was born with the mark of a sailor and the light of the sea in her eye. As she grew, tales of her courage and heroic deeds traveled across Ireland. But when she came up against a ruthless governor, even fearless Grania was stymied. So she turns to a woman more powerful than she in this heart-stopping tale that's as big as the Irish Sea. "McCully writes with great flair and her sweeping watercolors capitalize on the historical dramaà.What a woman, what a tale." ù Publishers Weekly, starred review ...
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Overview

Grania O'Malley was born with the mark of a sailor and the light of the sea in her eye. As she grew, tales of her courage and heroic deeds traveled across Ireland. But when she came up against a ruthless governor, even fearless Grania was stymied. So she turns to a woman more powerful than she in this heart-stopping tale that's as big as the Irish Sea. "McCully writes with great flair and her sweeping watercolors capitalize on the historical dramaà.What a woman, what a tale." ù Publishers Weekly, starred review "McCully introduces a 16th-century heroine who will offer educators an alternative to what is traditionally presented as a male 'occupation.'" ù School Library Journal, starred review "Children intrigued by pirates will enjoy McCully's unusual picture book, which offers some insight into the history behind the legend and illuminates more than the life of Grania O'Malley." ù Booklist

Recounts the life of the renowned sixteenth-century Irish woman pirate.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gifted at breathing life into a remote past, Caldecott Medalist McCully (Mirette on the High Wire) once again reaches into the grab bag of history-and unabashedly embroidered legend-emerging with this swashbuckling tale of Grania O'Malley, Ireland's famed lady pirate. Her larger-than-life career is chronicled here from birth in 1530 (her mother reputedly noted that the babe had "the light of the sea in her eyes") and early days sailing and marauding with her father, through marriage and childbirth (on the high seas of course), building and losing an empire (half a dozen castles), imprisonment and, finally, meeting her worthy contemporary, Elizabeth I of England, to whom she pleaded her case and won her bold gamble to return to the high seas. McCully writes with great flair, and her sweeping watercolors capitalize on the historical drama. Whether depicting the misty Irish seas or an exciting shipboard melee, her artwork bestows on Grania's life the big-screen effect it deserves. What a woman, what a tale. Hollywood, are you listening? Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-This story of Irish swashbuckler Grania O'Malley is culled from both legend and history (an author's note provides clarification). McCully introduces a 16th-century heroine who will intrigue youngsters and who will offer educators an alternative to what is traditionally presented as a male "occupation.'' Grania's unique mixture of brains and brawn was revealed at an early age through her fluent Latin, her ability to outdance and outgamble any of the sailors, and through a courageous act that saved her father's life. Nothing deterred her. A day after her son was born at sea, Grania "exchanged the babe for a blunderbuss...and burst onto the deck'' in the midst of a Turkish raid. At the pinnacle of her success, the fearless marauder met her match in an English governor, hired to subdue the Irish. The climax poses the pirate queen in a face-off with Queen Elizabeth I. Windswept hair, leaping figures, blurred outlines, and a liberal use of white highlights pack the paintings with motion and energy that propel the adventures. It is interesting to note that the title appears in the same year as Jane Yolen's The Ballad of the Pirate Queens (Harcourt, 1995). While the two books differ in specific subject, in literary form, and in artistic style, they certainly invite comparison and pairing. Brave students and teachers will want to read both.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698116290
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/18/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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