Title: The Treasure of Snake Island
Author: Carole P. Roman
“There is a book in here for each one of us. Oh Alexander, give me that one. I love reading about snakes!” Hallie exclaims in Carole P. Roman’s children’s story, The Treasure of Snake Island.
Fifth in “A Captain No Beard Story” series, this thirty-eight page square paperback is targeted toward preschool to early elementary school children and readers who like pirate stories. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, the book would best be read to beginner readers based on some of the more complicated words and lengthy reading. The fun, colorful illustrations are easy to decipher and cover one side of the page with a nicely sized font wording on the other.
This enchanting tome involves a boy named Alexander, his cousin, Hallie, and his little sister, Cayla, who pretend they are on their pirate ship called The Flying Dragon. In this adventure, the crew notices the beautiful sunrise when Polly the parrot mentions the saying, “Red skies at night, sailors delight; red skies at morning, sailors take warning.” Hearing the rhyme, a few of them become frightened of a possible storm that eventually blows over.
Wondering where the saying comes from, Mongo the monkey, Fribbet the frog, and the others are told by Polly that she learned it by reading books. The bird explains books are wonderful, containing information on almost any topic, even snakes that Hallie does not like.
Captain No Beard, aka Alexander, switches the subject by telling the crew there is buried treasure at nearby Snake Island. Using a map, he sails the ship to the island and the pirates disembark. All pitch in and dig where “X” marks the spot to uncover a trunk. When the chest is opened, Alexander, Hallie, and Cayla are transported back to his bedroom, finding inside a plethora of books for each of them.
Charming and entertaining, the book offers a fantasy of fun while teaching teamwork, friendship, and cooperation along with learning a few nautical terms. Children will enjoy looking at the colorful, expressive designs as they experience the value of reading books.
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