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Why The Good Pirate?

on 20/07/2015

This is the Foreword from my latest children’s book The Good Pirate. It is a story about a good man who tries to be a pirate, but along with the story, you can find tongue twisters, fun activities and word games…

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Foreword

Everybody I know has always loved stories about pirates. Sinbad, Bluebeard, Jack Sparrow… any favourites? Naturally, most of us have romantic notions of pirates as cheeky adventurers, sailing the high seas all around the world, with more mischief than malice in every untamed streak of our hair. Pirate stories make us laugh in the face of danger, and treasure maps awaken our inquisitive minds.

As a teacher, I often tell my students stories. If told well, they inspire wonderful discussions, before and after reading, so that learning about life and language becomes easy and fun. My good pirate George came to life a few years ago, as part of my teaching materials, combining topics of summer, weather, sea animals and the pirate’s life.

The modern society sometimes robs our children of certain stories, judging them as too serious, violent, or offensive. On the other hand, our children are exposed to so much violence and harshness in all other walks of life. Children need stories; they help them form and realize ideas of a better world.

What matters most is to get the children to think and feel. If we get them to think and feel, creatively and critically, about themselves, everyone else, and the world around us, then we have done our job as parents and educators. Setting challenges and examples, and inspiring children to question things from an early age is what they need. Providing them with answers is crucial, as well as guiding them to find the answers for themselves. The questions children pose are never wrong; so let’s keep the answers right, too.

Having received wonderful feedback on my first children’s book Winky’s Colours, and its ‘think’ sections at the end of each chapter, I have implemented the same here, hoping they help readers, adults or children, get more from the story itself. There are even some additional materials at the end of the book (riddles, word games, illustrations, tongue twisters), which might help educators and parents engage the children in the reading challenge. So… yo-ho-ho, and off we go!

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