- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 3
- Series: Captain No Beard (Book 10)
- Paperback: 59 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 31, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1522781781
- ISBN-13: 978-1522781783
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,859,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everyone can agree that being a leader is hard work, but it can be even harder when you won't listen to anyone else. Smart leaders surround themselves with capable people, just as First Mate Hallie reminds Captain No Beard. Even if you are just playing a game of make-believe, everyone wants it to succeed, so a leader should listen to advice when it is given. That is a lesson that the Captain and readers can learn from this adventure. Mongo the monkey is on lookout and spots what he thinks are storm clouds. He and the captain disagree about whether they are cumulus or stratocumulus. For readers who are not well versed in cloud types, there is a Cloud Key at the end of the story with names, pictures, and descriptions of ten different types. That would make this a nice story to tie in with a unit on weather for the early grades.
I received a copy from the author for review purposes.
As the title says, being a captain is hard work. Capatin No Beard says this in all of his books. What he doesn’t realize and learns from his crew is that he makes it harder on himself. Sometimes, listening to others and not always insisting his way is the only right way means smooth sailing.
Once again I’m taken away by the vivid, exciting illustrations. Carole has some fun, lovable characters in her band of pirates and it’s always fun to see how they work together to solve problems and help each other. How Captain No Beard learns to listen to others and comes to understand that being stubborn has consequences for his crew too is cleverly blended into another exciting adventure on the high seas.
I’ve loved all of the books in this series and can’t recommend them enough. They will make reading time such fun for parents, teachers, and kids and the life lessons are invaluable.
I received a complimentary copy. My review is voluntarily given.
My children are all slightly older than the target audience for this one but even they were listening as we read it out loud. The story is easy to follow with some charming characters. The illustrations are brightly colored and eye catching. It would be easy to make this story extra engrossing by adding in wind, rain and thunder sounds as the ship gets tossed to and fro.
There’s a good lesson taught in this exciting tale and it’s put on a level that’s easily understood. It takes each of the individual talents of the crew doing their jobs to make a successful voyage and it takes a Captain willing to listen to his crew. He doesn’t have to know everything. That’s why he hired an experienced crew.
I liked how the crew shows respect to the Captain but also make a point of standing up for what was right. The Captain comes to his senses and they safely arrive at their destination.
The author included a handy and fun guide to the clouds at the end of the story. Kids of all ages often enjoy cloud watching and will enjoy learning the names of the different formations. A good book with a good conclusion.
originally posted at long and short reviews
Title: Being A Captain Is Hard Work
Genre: Fiction, Children, Action, Adventure, Educational
Synopsis: Captain No Beard is determined to travel to Dew Rite Volcano. He won't listen when Mongo predicts a storm or when Linus indicates they are headed in the wrong direction. He insists Polly cook in the galley even though the seas are getting rough.What's a crew to do with a stubborn know-it-all captain?
Will they convince the captain he is barrelling headlong into danger, or will Captain No Beard jeopardize both his safety and the crew's with his single-minded determination to go where he wants?
Review: I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of this book. This is a children's book but, being a child at heart, I really enjoyed reading this book and the message that the story portrays. This book will be staying in my book collection for when the time comes that I have children of my own. When I do have a child this will be one of the books that I read to them even before they are born. This book teaches about friends and always listening to what you are being told as it may be important and helpful information. Children will take away from this story that they do not know everything and are not right all the time. They will also learn that it is important to listen to and respect the opinion of others. Through a story is the perfect way to teach life lessons to children as they will take it as just a fun adventure story but will be learning about the meaning behind the story without getting bored of being taught things.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars