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Blackbeard: The Pirate King
J. Patrick Lewis
Poetry Picture Book
Ages 7 to 10
National Geographic, 2006, 0-7922-5585-2
  Blackbeard was a man who inspired terror into the hearts of those who encountered him. Though we cannot be sure what his real name was, and though there are few descriptions of him, there can be no doubt that he was one of the most feared pirates of all time and his adventures have been the subject of tales and stories for hundreds of years.
  In this wonderfully written collection of poems, J. Patrick Lewis tells a series of “yarns detailing the legends, myths, and real-life adventures of history’s most notorious seaman.” Among other things we hear about how Teach – one of the names that Blackbeard is given – may have become a pirate and how he captured a French ship and made it his own. As a backdrop to the poems readers will find a collection of illustrations which portray Blackbeard and which were created by such people as N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. In addition to the poems, the author has written notes to annotate the artwork and to provide background information on Blackbeard and piracy in the 1700’s. In addition there is an author’s note at the back of the book which includes a map showing the areas where Blackbeard sailed his ships. There is also an excellent “Blackbeard’s Time Line” which will give the reader a real sense of what the man’s life was like.


Blackbeard the pirate king


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