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ALEX THE PARROT – NO ORDINARY BIRD – A TRUE STORY by Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Meilo So
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BIRD BRAINS ARE DEEP THINGS True tale picture book. Scientist, parrot, co-learning. Questions, answers, growth.   Nitty Gritty: Picture book Non fiction Animal story True tale of one amazing animal Experiment recap – with methods and results Featuring scientist and parrot Appropriate for all ages Cartoonish pictures make story accessible to the very young Vivid colors Heavy use of white space Parrot personality and...

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THE 13 1/2 LIVES OF CAPTAIN BLUEBEAR by Walter Moers
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HALF-LIFE BLUE-FURRED SEMI-GRAPHIC STORIES Sea bear spinning tales – Fable, Bible, Gulliver. Cartoons. Challenges.   Nitty Gritty: YA/Adult (ages 13 and up) Fantasy animal fiction First person past tense POV from a bear’s POV (Captain Bluebear) – conversational – hovering on second person POV? Part novel, part graphic novel, part short story collection Reminiscent of Gulliver’s Travels Humor Main character – bear Hero’s journey...

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PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Theatre) directed by James A. Rocco, written by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan  (1879)
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PRANCING PIRATES A sense of duty. Opera, choreography. Silliness on stage.   Nitty Gritty: Who: Brandon O’Neill as the Pirate King, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Frederic, Dieter Bierbrauer as the Sergeant of Police, Gary Briggle as Major-General Stanley, Anne Eisendrath as Mabel, and Kersten Rodau as Ruth. What: Musical Where: On the coast of Cornwall When: written and set in the 1800s Why: After...

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS! PIRATE POEMS AND PAINTINGS by Douglas Florian, illustrated by Robert Neubecker
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AHOYS, AVASTS AND TREASURE MAPS Pirate poems, codes. Definitions, names. Silly, sly, splashes of truth.   Nitty Gritty: Children’s / picture book / poetry Poetry collection Pirate theme Shifting third person and omniscient POV Themes: pirates, poetry No central plot arc – collection of pirate themed poetry centered around traditional pirate lore (fish food, treasure maps, codes, punishments, famous pirates, flags, weapons) Overall feel...

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THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS by Gideon Defoe (2004)
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BEYOND BLACKBEARD Hapless and helpful. Honey-glazed ham connoisseur. Ironic pirates.   Nitty Gritty: Who: The Pirate Captain and crew (an unnamed lot of colorful characters); young Charles Darwin; Mister Bobo; Black Bellamy; Jennifer What: Pirate fiction; humor; adult Where: At Sea & London When: 1837 Why: The silly and often befuddled band of pirates sink a ship thinking it to be a treasure trow,...

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