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obadiah the bold Paperback – 1965

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Viking (1965)
  • ASIN: B001OCMM3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,219,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 14, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I attended a Quaker college not too long ago, leaving me with a mess of Quaker friends as a result. Speaking with one the other day, we got to talking about children's books. In the past this friend has brought my attention to such wonderful picture book classics as "The Maggie B." and I was eager to ask her opinion regarding Quaker picture books. As far as I could determine, there aren't many of them out there. My friend quickly assured me that when she was growing up she had the luck to attend the same Meeting as the author Brinton Turkle. Mr. Turkle would even read to the children from his "Obadiah" series. I had to admit that I'd never read an "Obadiah" book, much less read one. Without further ado, my friend insisted that I read one. So I located, "Obadiah the Bold", read it through once, read it through twice, and came to a single solitary conviction. This book is absolutely fantastic and should be better known, consarn it!

The plot takes place in early colonial America. Obadiah is the fourth child in a Quaker family of seven and he has recently been given a beautiful spyglass (telescope to you laymen). During meeting Obadiah has dutifully returned the spyglass home but has come to a decision regarding his future occupation. He would like to be a pirate. He would be Obadiah the Bold, Terror of the Seven Seas. This seems like a pretty good plan and his father has to admit that there has never been a piratical Starbuck in the family before. But when Obadiah insists that his older siblings play pirate with his, he is shocked to find himself bound and gagged before being forced to walk the plank. Somehow this aspect of the pirate life never really occurred to him before.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By slomamma on October 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
This was the first in a series of books about Obadiah Starbuck, a charming little six-year-old Quaker boy in colonial-era Nantucket. In this story, Obadiah dreams of being a "fearless" pirate who has exciting adventures on the high seas. His dream ends when his older siblings play such a rough and frightening game of pirate with him that he realizes he is not as fearless as he would like to be. His father saves the day by telling him about his grandfather, the captain of a sailing ship, who was braver than any pirate, because he sailed the seas and had adventures without ever hurting anyone, the way pirates do. And so Obadiah begins to refashion his old dream in a more positive, peaceful direction.
This is a wonderful book about what it really means to be a brave man. What I especially like about it is the character of ObadiahÕs father. When Obadiah first announces that he wants to be a pirate, his father, a gentle Quaker man who surely must have been shocked, says only that he hopes Obadiah will be a good one. Later, when he speaks of ObadiahÕs grandfather, you hear in his voice both family pride and love for his son. I think this is the best portrait of a patient and caring father IÕve seen in childrenÕs literature. The book doesnÕt just lecture about what it means to be a good man, the father embodies it. That alone makes this book priceless.
If youÕre as charmed by Obadiah as I am, there are three more books about him Ñ Thy Friend Obadiah, Rachel and Obadiah, and The Adventures of Obadiah. All of them are superb.
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I have read this to children young as three and well into school age, both genders, it was well received by all. Geographic and period setting are both unusual enough to be quite intriguing. Well crafted characters, beautiful illustrations and lovely life lessons make this and all the companion books a joy to share with any child.
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By kayinpa on June 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a charming book about little Quaker boy Obadiah Starbuck and his new spyglass. I enjoyed reading it to my children (and they enjoyed listening to it) and look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
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