Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

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Title: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Premise:

Wendy and her brothers go on a fantastic adventure with Peter Pan, a boy who lives in the Neverland and never grows up.  They encounter mermaids, fairies and the infamous Captain Hook.  Though they go on many adventures, eventually Wendy and the boys must return home to grow up.

My thoughts:

My son and I read Peter Pan together for our homeschooling and I must say that it surprised me quite a bit.  I grew up watching Disney’s Peter Pan, so I was expecting a tame and mostly innocent story.  Let me tell you, the original Peter Pan is not all fluff.

Captain Hook and the Lost Boys do plenty of killing and maiming in their fights, though at least it isn’t described graphically.  Even innocent little Michael ends up killing a pirate in the final fight scene.

The Disney version got the story line mostly correct, but the book’s delivery is much more wordy and old-fashioned in its language.  I enjoyed it, but I could tell that my son’s attention was flagging at times because of the side tangents and complexity of the language.  For that reason I’d say this book is best suited to older elementary and up — unless your child has a great attention span.  Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it will be a one-time read for me.

I recommend Peter Pan to those who enjoy classic childhood adventure stories.

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

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A Pirate Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids by Sarah L. Schuette

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I love looking at fun cookbooks!  A Pirate Cookbook looked interesting, so I checked it out from the library.

Premise:

This book contains several pirate-themed recipes that are perfect for kids to make.

My thoughts:

When this book says that it is meant for kids, they are not kidding.  Do not think of this as a book that you are going to pick up and plan a pirate-themed menu from.  No, no, no.  This is a book that you would give your early elementary-aged child so that they can make pirate-themed recipes.

The recipes are very simple and use basic ingredients and techniques.  Also, their classification as pirate-themed is questionable.  I don’t think young kids will care too much about it, though.  They’ll probably just be happy to have a cookbook at their level with a fun theme.

The beginning of the book features a conversion chart, and a section on tools and techniques.  I would be comfortable giving this book to my seven-year-old and letting her tackle a recipe on her own (with mom standing by, just in case).  The instructions are quite straightforward.

I recommend Pirate Cookbook to children in early elementary school or kids who are just starting to learn how to cook.  With a little practice they will quickly outpace this book, but this is a fun way to get started in the kitchen.

Recipes Included:

Gangplank Dippers, Chocolate Gunpowder, Scurvy Soup, Peg-Leg Pickles, Blackbeard’s Breakfast, Sea Swords, and Parrot Punch

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Until next time…

Lori