THE PIRATE TREE by Brigita Orel


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Age Range: 5 - 8
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This is the story of Sam and Agu, two friends and wannabe pirates whose imaginations turn a knobbly tree in the hills into a pirate ship, with a rope serving as an anchor and a white sheet as a sail.

At first, Sam, a girl with pale skin and straight, black hair, is all alone playing captain in her imaginary ship, but she is soon joined by Agu, a young boy who has freshly arrived from Nigeria. She ignores his approach at first and is reluctant to have him onboard “her” ship given that she doesn’t know him and that he is not “from her street.” She is quick, however, to take interest in his foreign origin and, above all, his knowledge of boats, being that he was actually onboard a real ship, sailing over a real ocean, traveling out of Nigeria. The pair strikes up and cherishes an unlikely friendship, embarking on all sorts of adventures—battling imaginary storms and fighting other make-believe pirates...all before dinnertime. The book, albeit with a somewhat naïve and oversimplified plot, is a tribute to friendships built between protagonists of diverse origins yet with shared interests in common. Uncomplicated and colorful illustrations on two-page spreads do justice to a simple yet inspiring narrative, visually incorporating elements of their creative play.

Uplifting and perspective-bestowing. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 3rd, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-911373-87-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Lantana
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2019


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