I bought this one for my 5-year-old daughter's bed time stories. I think I like it more than her. The pirate mother insists that her son take her to the sea. En route, the son (a normal brown-suited accountant) discovers his own inner love of the sea, and finally joins the mother on a passing pirate ship. Well illustrated, marvellously told by Mahy, and just a delight. A snip at the price here, to boot.
This is the favourite story of all time I read to my two children who are now 21 and 19 years old. 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
Like many of Margaret Mahy's books this books is a treasure to brighten your life. Other reviewers have said most succinctly why, so I'll confine myself to saying that truly this is a book that you will look forward to reading to your child and your child will love too.
We love this book. It is beautifully writen, lovely language and rhythm. The illustrations are colourful and fun - unfortunately my son thought the pirate mother looked just like his Grandma! A perfect book for both genders, a gentle story that carries us on a journey. Ultimately we learn there is more to life than just working. Many of my children's friends have received this book for their Birthdays.
I am dismayed, nay heart broken, to find that the original version of this book is out of print. It's the most wonderful tale, beautifully told and illustrated, full of humour and life-affirming truths. It should be compulsory reading for every child - and adult!
The illustrations are perfect for this delightful story of the Pirate Mother's passion for the ocean! The straight-laced accountant son is stuck in a rut at work, and decides to set off with his former-pirate mother! A fun read for children and adults!