Poppins Book Nook! July Giveaway and Book Review

Poppins Book Nook main image 2014 - 2015Welcome to the July Poppins Book Nook!  Our theme for this month is VERY exciting if you love adventure and intrigue:  “Ye Old Pirates”!  And don’t forget the giveaway at the bottom—enter to win awesome pirate loot!

We have spent many years of our family life loving pirates.  It was a favorite costume and make-believe category in our early years….and then VeggieTales introduced us to our beloved Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.  But naturally, there is also a lot of literature about pirates!

I have a most charming and entertaining book to share with you this month.  This is a book I was completely unfamiliar with before this month, but it is both factual and highly entertaining….told with a great sense of humor!

a June2014 147Jessica Gunderson’s Your Life as a Cabin Boy on a Pirate Ship is a book that immerses the child into the life of a pirate….or at least, the life of a cabin boy on a pirate ship!  It’s told to the reader as if he or she is playing the role of Skippy McScabs, cabin boy, in a play about the pirate ship The Red Doom.  What is that life like?  Jump in and you’ll discover the wild life of piracy!

Gunderson highlights the life of a cabin boy:

  • Pirate lingo
  • How to dress like a pirate
  • Animals on board
  • Directions on a ship
  • Pirate chow
  • Punishment and walking the plank

a June2014 148It’s really a fact-filled book that reads (and is wonderfully illustrated by Mike Burns) like a story.  Your Life as a Cabin Boy will not only give your child a deeper understanding of a pirate’s life, it will open the door for lots of marvelous imaginative play!

Here are some fun-filled activities for your pirate lad or lass.  For the online activities, be sure to view these websites before you show them to your child, as websites can change overnight!

  1. Make hardtack!  This hard, biscuit-like baked good kept well for long periods of time and was often eaten when seafarers were low on food.  Use one of the five recipes from Wikihow, in “5 Ways to Make Hardtack”.  (Please note that I did not preview the video, but the photos and recipes are fantastic.)
  2. Write your own pirate play….and don’t forget the costumes!  Use bandannas for head wraps, create swords from cardboard, and belts make great holders for the swords.  Of course you can also use face paint for that scruffy pirate-y look!
  3. Make a pirate map for your children (e.g. “Take 5 steps off the porch toward the tree.  Turn south and take ten steps…..”) and let them dig for buried treasure.  Be sure you bury some loot before you start them out!
  4. Last but not least, pull out VeggieTales’ fabulous pirate movies, “Jonah:  A VeggieTales Movie” and “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything”….and enjoy!

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Be sure to join us next month for August’s Poppins Book Nook, for another wonderful book and activities, plus a giveaway!

Poppins Book Nook Themes 2014 - 2015And now—for this month’s giveaway entries!

Pirate Plunder GiveawayPoppins Book Nook Pirate Plunder Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month we are partnering with Jennifer Altman an Usborne consultant to bring one lucky entrant a chance to win a copy of either the Pirate’s Handbook (recommended for 8 years old and up) or Pirate Stories for Little Children (recommended for ages under 8 years old) books. One of these books is sure to add to your pirate fun!

The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter and will be notified by Enchanted
Homeschooling Mom via email and posted here. Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside within the United States. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other entity unless otherwise specified. Prizes will be issued by Jennifer Altman who is an Usborne consultant. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.

Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


You can also visit these Poppins Book Nook cohosts, for other wonderful pirate-y books and activities!

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual MayhemPreschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom’s Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

Poppins Book Nook ImageEnjoy!  –Wren


6 thoughts on “Poppins Book Nook! July Giveaway and Book Review

  1. That sounds like a wonderful pirate story. I love books that read like stories but are filled with learning facts.
    Unfortunately I couldn’t get my girls to watch The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything. They were more interested in watching the Tinkerbell movie about the Pirate Fairy. And I just realized I forgot to mention that in my post. Oops.
    Have a great day

    • Hi my friend!

      SO funny—it all depends on what your household composition is, doesn’t it? 🙂 I have to rush to fast forward everything Tinkerbell or Barbie in our DVDs’ previews sections!

      One of the cool things about this pirate book is the character that the reader gets to be (Skippy) could easily be a boy or a girl. I’m sure they did that on purpose.

      Enjoy your day as well!

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