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The Ballad of the Pirate Queens Paperback – 15 Sep 1998

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager Paperbacks; 1 Reprint edition (15 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152018859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152018856
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 24.3 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,801,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: September. 1998 Pages: 32 Publisher: Voyager Books Two Sailors were keeping Watch alone when the Governor's men stormed aboard the Vanity Those two - the legend-Inspiring pirate queens Anne Bonney and Mary Reade - fought avely but called in vain for their shipmates. who sported and drank below deck. Jane Yolen's stirring ballad immortalizes these two daring women and offers readers an intriguing look at life on the high seas. Jane Yolen divides her time between homes in Scotland and Massachusetts. David Shannon lives in Burbank. California. Two women who sailed with Calico Jack Rackham and his pirates in the early 1700s do their best to defend their ship while the men on board are busy drinking.

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By CJ Phillipson on 29 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Initially thought this was a story but realised later it was a ballad - not a problem though. For a school dressing up day based on book characters my daughter went as one of the pirates. Rather an odd story but enjoyable, particularly the illustrations.
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The Ballad of the Pirate Queens 20 April 2000
By Brett Butler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
The book that I chose to read for my third critical reflection was called The Pirate Queens. The book was based on the true story of the final voyage of female pirates Anne Bonney and Mary Reade. It portrays the scenario of how Bonney and Reade's ship The Vanity was overtaken by a government sent ship headed by Captain Albion. The story was one of war, pride, and deceit. The crew of The Vanity, consisting of all men, turne their back on the female pirates and chose not to assist in defending the ship. As a result, the ship is seized and burned and the entire crew was put to death. Bonney and Reade, however, were spared due to the fact that they were expecting children. At this particular time in history it was unthinkable to murder an unborn child regardless of the crimes of the mother. This book is a good read for young children for many reasons. For one, it is easy to read and understand. The author, Jane Yolen, does a great job of describing the scene in an easy to understand, entertaining way. There were several parts of the book that are written in rhyme which is something that I always enjoyed as a child because it made the text easier to follow. Also, ever couple of pages the book returns to a recurring phrase which emphasizes The Vanity's beauty, power, and presence as one of the great ships of the time. The literature is presented in a scroll fashion on the left page. This gives the book a feeling of the time it is describing. The background in which the words are written are a dull yellow which is consistent with how an old manuscript would look presently. Another fabulous aspect of the book is the illustrations. I am not in any way exaggerating when I say that the illustrations within this book are among the best I have ever seen. Each picture takes up the entire left side of the page. These pictures are extremely detailed in every aspect. David Shannon, who illustrated the book, did so with an acrylic paint on an illustration board. As a result is has a very rustic and real look to it which adds greatly to the overall appeal of the book. Each picture is very dark. This also gives the reader a feel for the time since lighting was at a minimal almost anywhere in the world, especially on sea. All of the pictures also have a phrase which describes who or what the picture is illustrating. For example there is a picture in the middle of the book which shows an enemy ship, called The Albion, approaching The Vanity. The caption reads, "The Albion engages the Vanity in battle." The idea that this book is good based solely on the fact that children would like it cut the potential of this book short. Often the idea of whether or not the book will appeal to children is what I focus on. Here, I think it is important to point out that this book is interesting enough to stand alone regardless of its intended audience. Overall, based on the illustrations alone, I think that this book is the best I have reflected upon to this point. Their is a lot of aesthetic appeal that really catches the eye and allows for a great deal of fantasy. This along with the interesting story that accompanies it are both reasons to share this adventure young children of both genders. The idea of pirate life will fascinate young boys while the fact that the two main characters were women will keep young girls interested.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In the Principal's Office 12 Jan. 2013
By lisajane23 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a middle school principal and I have this book framed in my office - I love, love, love it! This is the first time I have felt compelled to write a review and am delighted it is for this book! Kids love it and it's a reading choice when they're waiting for any reason in the office. My copies have been stolen and replaced so many times in the last eight years that I lost count. That's quite a great recommendation from a kid!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great for all ages 15 Jan. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My girls loved this story when they were in preschool. It is still one of their favorites now that they are in middle school. Their younger cousins loved as soon as they heard it. In fact, we are hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't. It is a great read aloud offering the repitition that is good for emergent readers. And, of course, Jane Yolen explains thoroughly in the afterward that there is little information available to create a purely factual account. I strongly recommend the ballad for all.
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Exciting for pirate fans of all ages 31 Dec. 2010
By G. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
After so many check-outs from the library, this book had to become part of our home collection. My five-year-old daughter and three-year-old son just love it, and I've learned a lot about the Golden Age of Pirates from it.
Poetic history 25 Oct. 2012
By Psyche - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Ballad of the Pirate Queens is a book that I picked up long before I ever planned to have a child or work as a children's librarian. It was just one of the books that are so stunning and so intriguing that I felt I had to have it for my own library. It was also my first encounter with Jane Yolen's writing. I have since become a huge fan of this amazingly prolific writer. Every book she writes, and she writes a staggering array, is pitch-perfect. The Ballad of the Pirate Queens with its mix of poetry and history reads like a troubadour's song. I dare you to not lilt as you read it out loud. What I love best about this book, however, is the spotlight on the female pirates.

This book also introduced me to David Shannon's work. Powerful and beautiful only just begin to describe the illustrations in this book. Some of the pieces of artwork in this book are so stand-alone-gorgeous that I would frame them and hang them on my wall if they were available as prints.
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