BASEBALL! AND PIRATES! AND RECYCLING!
What do you get when you combine ten children, a baseball field...and a pirate ship? A touching story of school kids who turn their summer vacation into a grand adventure. When ten friends discover that a "pirate" ship is docked nearby that is on its way to make a movie, suddenly their boring summer begins to take on new meaning. By the end of the summer, the kids, in pirate garb, will have organized a competition that will change lives, and in the process they discover the meaning of hard work, friendship, and community service.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.27(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What would you think if you saw a bunch of kids running around your town all summer dressed up in pirate costumes? When school is out in Sun Rise Cove, ten friends who are playing baseball in a run down vacant lot happen to see what looks like a real pirate ship sail into the bay. After running down to the dock, they find out that it's on its way to make a pirate movie, and the captain invites them to take a tour. They then decide to play a game where they dress up as pirates, divide into two teams, and go search for "treasure." One team elects to collect recyclables and turn them in for money. The other team agrees to do odd jobs for other people to make their money. The children spend all summer playing their game. One day they visit a garage sale and see two treasure chests. The chests are not for sale, but they explain why they want them and the garage sale lady, Linda, gives them to the kids. Linda is a lonely widow whose husband died from cancer. She invites them to return often, bakes cookies for them, and becomes a friend. The boys and girls eventually decide to donate all the money they earn to cancer research in honor of Linda's late husband. A newspaper reporter sees the children at various times, finds out from Linda what they are doing, and writes a newspaper article about them. The Mayor reads the article and contacts Linda to make plans to honor them for their activities. How will it all turn out in the end? What an absolutely wonderful story! It is so nice to have a fun book such as The Pirates from Sun Rise Cove which parents can give their children to read knowing that there is nothing objectionable in it but that it will encourage such virtues as using one's imagination, hard work, cooperation, friendship, showing kindness to others, and community service. Yes, there is a touch of sadness at the end (though I am not going to tell you what happens), but it is handled very sensitively, and the event that causes it is a common place part of life with which children must learn to deal. I give author Michael Willert a high five for a truly encouraging read, and an extra high five for the fact that a portion of the profits from his books go to the American Cancer Society and the MS Society.