Book(s) Review- The Barefoot Book of Knights and The Barefoot Book of Pirates
Posted Sep 12 2008 11:43am
Since our Internet connection just shut down, I am not going to review, as planned, a great story site I found. Thank goodness for good old print on paper. Spare time to write is limited around here.
The Barefoot Book of Knights written by John Matthews and T heBarefoot Book of Pirates, written by Richard Walker, we have both, are collections of stories, primarily for boys, published by Barefoot Books. Each of these books features a collection of short stories from around the world, primarily old legends and folktales. These are read-aloud, picture books for 5-10 year-olds featuring beautiful, detailed illustrations. Though they are also marketed as read alone books for a slightly older crowd. I’ve learned through experience to read a book myself prior to giving it to my DS to check for “scary things”. These books are no exception, so you may want to preview them first.
There are seven individual stories in The Barefoot Book of Pirates, each about 1000-1500 words long…or 10-15 minutes, depending on how fast you read or how many times you’ve read it to your child. (After 300 times, I recommend that you buy another book in this series to save your sanity). My favorite is a moral tale from Japan, Music charms the Pirates. As you might expect the boy musician, who was ridiculed for playing instead of fighting, charms the pirates with his music and convinces them to sail on rather than raid the town.
The Barefoot Book of Knights follows the same format but the author, ties the stories together using an older knight as the storyteller to a young page. These tales, full of chivalry and adventure include some with which many boys will be familiar and some new ones from various cultures.
As usual, I first found about these books through word of mouth, and then stumbled upon them in my local independent bookstore. I was enchanted from the first time I saw the Barefoot Books story on their website. I’m a sucker for mom owned businesses and this is a great one. The two UK moms who started this business a dozen years ago seek out and publish books that encourage,” Independence of spirit, enthusiasm for learning and sharing of the world’s diversity”. Wow!
Parents looking for more than the, run of the mill, books available at local big box retailers will find a treasure here. Several of their other titles, including: Stories from the Opera and Shakespeare’s Storybook are on my Christmas list.