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Friday, May 21, 2010
Illustrated Friday: The Ballad of the Pirate Queens
Yar! This week's illustrated offering is The Ballad of the Pirate Queens by Jane Yolen and illustrated by David Shannon (the No, David! guy!). It's the "true" story of the legend of Anne Bonney and Mary Reade, two of the most famous pirates in the world in the 1700s when they lived. The poem outlines their ultimate capture at the hands of the authorities, and there's a neat page at the end with the basis of the story outlined. With these sorts of things it's hard to know what's fact and what's fantasy, but it's a fantastic story nonetheless. Be forewarned, though, that there are some ideas that make this a book for older kids- all the pirates except the two women are hanged at the end (although that's not shown in the illustrated) and according to the poem, the two women got out of being executed because they were pregnant (which is shown in the illustration.) The moral of the story, though, is to know your audience and what they'll enjoy and what they won't. Personally, I think this book is pretty rad. Happy Friday!