Friday, December 28, 2012


A is for Arrr!: A Pirate Alphabet by Laura Purdie Salas

The first thing I noticed about this picture book were the appealing illustrations because there are real-life photographs of people reenacting the life of pirates mixed in with drawings. They are sure to capture the interest of your young reader immediately.

The terms chosen to represent the letters of the alphabet are great for early elementary aged students. It is good for children learning their alphabet as well as children who are proficient at the alphabet but eager to learn common pirate terms.

Here are some of the terms covered: booty, captain, dagger, jolly roger, knot, New World, quartermaster, telescope, vessel, walk the plank and x marks the spot.

“H is for hat. If a pirate wore a tricorn hat, he had stolen it from someone on a British ship. “Tri” stands for three, while “corn” stands for corners. I is for island. Pirates brought their stolen booty to nearby islands. On some islands, the deserted ones, they went ashore to stash their booty. On other islands, they spent it.”

Of the several pirate-themed picture books I have read, this is one of my favorites.

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