Tuesday, September 17, 2013

grandma's bookshelf - Pirates on the Farm - I'm Giving One Away!

September 19th is, "Talk like a Pirate Day", so I thought it would be a fun week to share a review of an adorable new book which I was sent to review from Zonderkidz. In this book a farm family has unlikely new neighbors . . . pirates who want to be farmers! Now, if this doesn't sound like a book which is sure to have you laughing, I don't know what would! Plus, not only is this a very fun story, but it is one which helps children - and adults - learn the importance of loving our neighbors as we love ourselves!

Pirates on the Farm
Author - Denette Fretz
Illustrator - Gene Barretta
Publisher - ZonderKidz
Ages - 4-7

Favorite Features -
  • Fun, unexpected story which will have you laughing out loud and learning to love others without judging them
  • Colorful illustrations - perfectly illustrate this story!
  • Includes a glossary of key pirate terms and phrases used
  • Has discussion questions so grandparents/parents can help children learn the message behind this fun story
Zonderkidz says, "As school bullying and social turmoil continue to reach new heights, Fretz's book arrives with healthy examples for parents to teach their kids about acceptance and not judging others. Young readers will visit a modest farm community which boasts southern charm and bountiful harvests. But, when five swashbuckling pirates move into town, everyone is shocked. The new residents create a racket when they build a barn which resembles a pirate ship. They steal from the offering plate at church and seem to turn any regular activity - like milking a cow-into a natural disaster.

Many of the neighbors, including Mrs. Sanders, are aghast at the pirates' behavior. Mrs. Sanders even organizes a 'Ban the Buccaneers Brigade.' Meanwhile, the men in the Sanders family - Dad and Joey - help the pirates with their land and embrace their distinctly different lifestyle. Joey is delighted when the men invite themselves to dinner, much to the dismay of his mother. Imagine Mrs. Sanders' face when the men bring over crusty cheese and fish stew containing eyeballs!

At the core of this tale is an eye-opening lesson which Mom - and readers - learn by the end of the book. While these pirates are unlike most people in town, they are compassionate and friendly.  The pirates even give the family beautiful gifts when they arrive for New Year's Eve dinner."

These pirates will make story time fun and a time when the entire family will learn how to be people who really love others . . . with their deeds and not just their words! Pirates on the Farm definitely makes it onto my "favorite books" list because, it is true, "when pirates move next door, you never know what is in store!"

  
I'm happy to say, not only did Zonderkidz send me a Pirates on the Farm for free to review, but they are also providing another one for me to give-away! (USA only) If you are 18 and older and would like to be in the drawing for Pirates on the Farm, which will be on October 1, 2013, please comment below to let me know if you have followed on Google+, Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email. For each of these which you have done you will receive one entry. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please let me know if you share!) This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win Pirates on the Farm and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away!

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