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The Pirate Tree

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The gnarled tree on the hill sometimes turns into a pirate ship. A rope serves as an anchor, a sheet as a sail, and Sam is its fearless captain. But one day another sailor approaches, and he's not from Sam's street. Can they find something more precious than diamonds and gold? Can they find . . . friendship?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 22nd 2019 by Lantana Publishing
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La Coccinelle
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
This book made me a little uncomfortable. It supposedly depicts a new friendship, but I was distracted by the obvious power imbalance.

Sam has a tree that she imagines is a pirate ship. One day, a boy named Agu shows up. He's new in town and wants to play. But Sam isn't interested... until she finds out that Agu is from Nigeria and knows lots of stuff she doesn't.

The problem is, at the end, rather than being equals, the book refers to Agu as Sam's "new crew member". She's
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
How do we drop fear of each other
like autumn leaves
and connect through sharing of our own bark
count each others rings through play?
Only a tree knows .... let it show you 🥰👍.
I appreciate the message that newcomers have much to offer a community, but I was uncomfortable with the (probably very realistic) power imbalance that didn’t fully right the ship for me even as the children played together.
Like so many parts of the natural world, a tree serves as the creative inspiration for Sam as she imagines sailing the seven seas aboard her pirate ship. But the story takes a slightly different turn when Agu, newly arrived from Nigeria, tries to join her. She rebuffs him because she doesn't know him and he's not from her street and then continues to play. But Agu proves his worthiness when he corrects her assumptions about Nigeria and can share his own experiences from having been aboard a ship ...more
Christina Reid
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yet another beautiful book from Lantana Publishing which is, on the surface very simple, and yet has a wealth of opportunities for digging deeper and starting some really important discussions with children about inclusion. Sam is sailing her pirate tree across the seven seas when an unknown sailor, Agu, approaches and asks to come on board. Sam realises that he's not a kid from her street so says no, but soon realises that he has something that he can contribute to the game because he is differ ...more
Alyssa Gudenburr
A story about a make believe pirate ship, two children, and bonding over play. This story is on the longer side so it would make a better one-on-one story.
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Brigita Orel spends her days translating books from English into Slovenian. Before that she worked as a subtitler, proof-reader, assistant accountant (the most surreal job as most of the time she can't put two and two together) and assistant confectioner. She is finishing her PhD in Creative writing at Swansea University. She published short stories and poems in various journals. Her work was nomi ...more