Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Children's Book Review: The Treasure of Snake Island (Captain No Beard Vol. 5) by Carole P Roman

author disclosure

We love Carol's 'If I Were You' series, and were thrilled to receive her new Pirate book for review!

The Treasure of Snake Island  cover


In The Treasure of Snake Island: A Captain No Beard Story, Volume 5, the captain and the crew are off in search of lost treasure! But on their way to thetreasure on Snake Island, they are treated to the most beautiful sunrise they’ve ever seen, with splashes of orange, yellow, and bright pink in the sky. While the crew is amazed at the wonderful sight, Polly the Parrot is rather frightened. Reciting the old sailors’ saying, Polly squawks, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in morning, sailors, take warning,” sending the crew into a frenzy. While Captain No Beard tries to dismiss Polly’s theory, the parrot reminds her crewmates that everything she’s ever learned came from a book.
After the crew comes together to prepare the Flying Dragon for whatever storm they may find, Polly shares the wonders of reading with her fellow crew mates and captain. From butterflies and dinosaurs to stars and cooking, books can teach just about anything, the talkative parrot explains.

Carol knows that young children need to be reminded of the world outside electronics, computers, and video games. Literacy rates in children, especially younger ages, are struggling, and it makes sense that too much 'entertainment' is keeping kids from learning everything they should. As a former teacher, Carole knows this, and this series is her aim at helping kids reach and see the worlds that books can offer them and their imagination! 

In this series, Captain No Beard is Alex (who is way too young to have a beard silly!), and his crew on the Flying Dragon (aka his bed), includes Polly the Parrot (stuffed), first mate Hallie (his cousin), and Mongo the Monkey, Linus the loudmouthed lion, and Fribbet the floppy frog. (all 3 stuffed). 

Miss Grace actually didn't realize in the beginning that the crew was not real animals, but she found them funny and the search for Snake Island entrancing! She was glued to the book from start to finish and when it ended, she had to go back through the book herself, to see if she missed 'clues' that the animals were stuffed! I had to laugh!  The text was perfect for my daughter age group (5-8), as some sentences were easy, and others she had to sound out (making it a learning experience for her). Miss Grace and I split the reading on our first reading of the book! The illustrations are bright and perfect for a young imagination! This is a great book to remind kids that books are the key to learning about new things, and we highly recommend it!

About the Author: 

Award-winning author Carole P. Roman adds another country to her groundbreaking series of children’s cultural education books. The series includes If You Were Me and Lived in … Mexico, which was awarded the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Interest in 2013. Roman lives with her husband, near to her children and grandchildren, in Long Island, N.Y. Check out her webpage for more info!

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