The Pirate Tree

Lantana. Aug. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781911373872.
PreS-Gr 2–Agu is new to the neighborhood and eager to make friends. He sees Sam playing in a tree, pretending to be a pirate and asks to join the play. Sam is unsure of the newcomer and protests at first, but when she learns that Agu has inside information about the potential for gold in Nigeria, she invites him along on her adventures. The two set sail together, landing on lush deserted islands, and sparring with mean pirates. In the end, a fast and firm friendship forms, one that will cross over the limits of imaginative play. A heartwarming story of friendship and acceptance. The illustrations are soft, created with mixed media, natural textures, and are digitally completed. They artfully depict the beauty of imagination and tell a story of action and adventure. Readers will be rooting for the two, hopeful that they will conquer all obstacles both imaginary and realistic.
VERDICT A captivating adventure story for young and elementary-aged readers. Many children will relate, empathy will be promoted, and discussions about kindness, friendliness, and respect can be easily facilitated

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