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The Pirate's Eye Hardcover – May 2, 2005


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Grade 2-4–In the midst of a friendly skirmish, pirate Captain Black loses his glass eye. Unbeknownst to him, it rolls off the ship and through a town, and is picked up by a poor man named Sandpiper. The eye, like a crystal ball, shows the pauper images of the pirate's life–"scenes of mischievous boyhood and scenes of crime and treason!" Fascinated, he begins to draw what he has seen, eventually creating a book called The Pirate's Life, which he gives away to all the people who have helped him. Captain Black, who has been frantically searching for the missing orb, eventually finds the book in a town library. When he tracks down and confronts the pauper, Sandpiper hands the eye to its rightful owner. When Black looks through it, he sees the life of the pauper, "struggle and hardship.…generosity and kindness,"and is transformed in the process. Priest uses deceptively simple shapes and forms in the full-color, airbrushed enamel on clayboard art to keep the focus on the story. The text is well balanced and beautifully written, with playful repetition and alliteration and an economy of style. The sophisticated theme of the transformative power of seeing and understanding another person's viewpoint makes this unusual picture book best suited for older readers.– Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI
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"Priest uses deceptively simple shapes and forms in the full-color, airbrushed enamel on clayboard art to keep the focus on the story. The text is well balanced and beautifully written, with playful repetition and alliteration and an economy of style." School Library Journal

"Priest puts an unexpected spin on the pirate tale." --Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly

"Priest pairs elegantly composed, deceptively simple cartoon illustrations to an unusually rich and satisfying story." Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618439900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618439904
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,275,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Clayton on July 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My three-year old daughter loves this book. It is so beautifully written...almost poetic. She loves to hear it and examine the beautiful drawings. We are looking for other titles by this author because of The Pirate's Eye and its simple beauty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on February 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Pirate Captain Black has lost his eye is sword fight. This is a glass eye and its has been with the Captain though lots of battles. He is lost with out it. He sets out on a quest to find it. Meanwhile a hobo named Sandpiper finds the eye. Sandpiper sees the life of the Captain through the eyes and knows that these stories must be told to the public. He writes these stories down and shares them with the public. Captain Black wonders in the a library one day while still on the hunt for his wye and find a book that has his face on it. He sits down starts to read it! He can't believe it. It's the story of his life. He finds Sandpiper and gets his eye back. This changes the pirates life because now he sees things through the hobo's eyes!
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By Hk on September 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We just borrowed this book from the library and I intend to buy it as well. We are so grateful that the author has written a book that respects children's intellect and offers them opportunities to learn new words. Finally a book that doesn't dumb down a story! So refreshing to read a story to our four year old son that is creative enough not to use the same adjective several times through out the book! The book's message is wonderful, and illustrations are delightful. What a fantastic find!
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