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Of pirates and picture books (Strewsday)

The regular weekly Strewsday post reminder, from our Unschooling Catholics email list.

And today we are strewing PIRATES.

It is talk like a pirate day. So, for home and for the kids at work, I donned my best pirate scarf and hoop (read: pirate) earrings and we read “The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate” by Margaret Mahy. One of our favourite picture pirate books, now displayed as part of our dining table centrepiece.

The five to twelve year olds at work lapped up the story.

Our dining table strewing today.

And the teenage and university aged sons at home enjoyed our trip down childhood memory lane.

Picture books with older kids? You bet it!

To quote David Wiesner, a popular picture book author,

“I’ve written picture books before and they seem to have a very wide age appeal. It’s nice to hear particularly even from middle school and high school teachers who have used the books in class. It’s unfortunate that after a certain age, some people think that we don’t need pictures anymore. I don’t believe that for any reason.”

Neither do I. We enjoy text, we enjoy flow, we enjoy characters, we enjoy plot, we enjoy art and language and feel emotions and gain knowledge…with picture books as part of our reading diet.

And now we are off to a pirate lunch…fish ‘n chips or Oriental food from a faraway land? Either way, we  must be sure to eat hearty pirate portions!

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3 thoughts on “Of pirates and picture books (Strewsday)”

  1. Love sharing pic books with the older kids! I’ll have to see if they have your pirate book in our library 🙂 Yum – fish and chips or Chineses – either way – YUM! I need to update my blog reader – I was sad to see your old url taken over 😦

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