"On the shore of a tiny lake far from the sea, a one-legged pirate sat and cried."
And so begins the tale of a sad pirate on a quest to find his lost heirloom peg
that fell into a tiny lake and was washed away in the night. It's not just any
peg leg you see, it was worn by his one-legged grandpappy and passed down to
his pappy and then to him. The pirate realizes that if the water could carry
his leg, it could carry him, too. You'll follow him as he journeys along the
moving water, passing wildlife along the streams and river and the choppy waters
of the sea. You'll peer through his telescope over the horizon and swim along
through the seaweed and waves as he follows the currents. From island to island
he searches and vows to never stop his quest until he has his heirloom leg to
pass down to a one-legged son or daughter. Be there, when his determination finally
brings this pirate to the treasure that he seeks!
Throughout this beautiful book, there are realistic oil painted illustrations of plants and wildlife. Children will learn about the wetlands, the ocean, coastline and reef. Not to mention, this story is just plain fun! You can even download the song that inspired the story from a link provided in the book. The website www.apiratesquest.com is a wonderful resource for teachers and parents, with coloring pages and several educational links for the water cycle and more. You may already be familiar with the "Stranger in the Woods" books and love them as I do. If so, you will be happy to know that A
Pirate's Quest has the same publisher!
The Riddle in a Bottle DVD inspired the book A
Pirate's Quest. It was created by the same authors and filmmakers, brother
and sister team, Laura and Robert Sams. They are the real life inspiration for
the one-legged pirate and his two-legged sister in the book. In fact, it is
said that Laura Sams makes some pretty good "pirate ship cookies" just like
the sister in the story! They also star in this 30 minute film as of all things,
a brother and sister team called, "The Riddle Solvers."
While fishing, they catch a "magic bottle" that holds a special message. What
connects all life together? It's a riddle that they must solve with the help
of aquatic wildlife like a darling baby turtle and some funny fish who sing about
the rhythm of the sea. Of course, we can't forget a certain singing pirate who
makes his appearance! There are many laugh-out-loud moments in this great educational
video and yet the photography is breathtaking. Children will learn about moving
water, currents, the tide, and weather. There are also bonus features on this
DVD which show the making of the book A
Pirate's Quest. Also, teachers will be happy to know that if you pop the
DVD into your computer, you'll have printable activities for your students!
This brother and sister team has directed two of our favorite nature films, Stranger
in the Woods: The Movie and Lost in the Woods: The
Movie. Now, we can add The
Riddle in a Bottle to that "favorites" list as well. We thoroughly enjoyed both the book and the DVD and would highly recommend them.