Mahy Margaret : Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate (Viking Kestrel picture books) Hardcover – 1 May 1986
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About the Author
Margaret Mahy's many books - picture books, short stories, and fiction for teenagers as well as younger children - have been hugely successful all round the world and she is indisputably one of the most popular and successful twentieth-century children's authors. She has won the Carnegie Medal and many other awards, and has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lived in New Zealand until her death in 2012. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I am originally from Queensland, Australia where I grew up going to the beach and swimming in the sea every week-end. My holidays were always at the sea-side and the sea and the beach were the only things I missed about my homeland when I left to live in Brunei after marriage.
My children didn't know the sea, didn't know how to surf and this book captured everything I felt and knew about the sea and its magic.............the poetic imagery excited the curiosity of both my son and daughter .For the first time they could understand my love of the sea.
" the drift and the dream of it, the weave and the wave of it, the fume and the foam of it never left him again " said the pin-striped wearing son of the pirate mother !
I also loved the use of the pirate mother.....an adventurer and someone I could rather identify with myself. Perhaps it also reminds us all not to take life so seriously and that in all of us ther is a Pirate Mother within!
For a mother or father reading to their children at night it's so refreshing to find a story for both parent and child.
Mr. Fat the City Boss is also there to remind us all of the blinkered vision of those caught up in the material world - not realising we've found ourselves trapped in a prison by forgetting the simple wonders of life like the sea.
The philospher is a comforting inclusion to remind us further that not everything will be as it seems.
It is a wonderful journey of the mind to read this book and I wish more children's story books were like it !
I now refer to myself as "the Pirate Mother " and try hard not to forget the lessons learnt from this wonderful tale.
Thank you Margaret Mahy
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very pleased with the story and illustrations. Book condition was less good than I had expected- cover a bit bashed.Published on 27 Aug. 2013 by Isabell Mary Hancock
I am so saddened by Margaret Mahy's passing. I hope that families remember her books. This one is typical; a rollicking good read, with superb language and lots of adventure, a... Read morePublished on 15 July 2013 by BB85
I really liked this book, it was great for the topic I was teaching my Literacy class, the children enjoyed it.Published on 1 Dec. 2012 by Lucy Anderson
The illustrations are perfect for this delightful story of the Pirate Mother's passion for the ocean! Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2012 by Mary, Adelaide