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Long, Melinda.
HOW I BECAME A PIRATE
Orlando : Harcourt, 2003.
IL K-3, RL 4.2
ISBN 0152018484

(3 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

The pirates showed up while Jeremy Jacob was building a sand castle.  His parents didn't see the pirates but Jeremy Jacob sure did.  They had green teeth!  And they were lost.  And they needed a good digger.  Jeremy Jacob decided to go with them since he was a good digger.  He just needed to get back in time for soccer practice!  What adventures await Jeremy Jacob?

Booktalk #2

Raise your hand if you like to go to the beach.  The beach is one of my favorite places.  I like to play in the ocean and build sandcastles.  Thatís exactly what Jeremy Jacob was doing one day when he was at the beach with his familyóbuilding his sandcastle while Mom took care of his baby sister and Dad set up the beach umbrella.  But Jeremy Jacob saw a strange sight out in the ocean.  He saw a ship heading toward the shore.  It was not just any old ship; it was a PIRATE ship!  The pirates landed on the beach and invited Jeremy to sail with them.  They were looking for an expert digger to help them bury their treasure.  Jeremy was happy to go along with the pirates for an adventure on the sea.  He loved being a pirate!  Jeremy found out that pirates donít have to use good manners or brush their teeth or wear pajamas.  But Jeremy also found out something else pirates donít do.  Does Jeremy get back home in time for soccer practice?  Where do the pirates bury their treasure?  Read How I Became a Pirate to find out how Jeremy Jacobsí adventure ends.  (Sheri Carpenter, South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)

Booktalk #3

While Jeremy builds a sand castle on the beach, he just happens to notice a pirate ship nearby. He jumps at the chance to join the crew and thus begins his adventures at sea. So come along and join us at sea as we sing shanties, eat with our hands, bury treasure and do other pirate stuff. Itíll be great fun!   (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2005-2006)

SUBJECTS:     Pirates -- Fiction.

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