My Boys love pirates, while I have really never fully understand the fascination with them, they inspire their imaginations and creative play.Maybe it is their adventurous nature or their treasure hunting skills, that make pirates appealing to kids, I am not sure.
A Thousand Years of PiratesTundrabooks.com
Written by William Gilkerson
Written by William Gilkerson
For as long as they’ve existed, pirates have conjured up visions of high-seas adventure and skullduggery, sea chases and bloody battles, dangerous coastal lairs and buried treasure. Rightly so, for ever since ships have carried valuable cargo, pirates have enraged monarchs and struck terror into the hearts of honest seamen with their willingness to risk life and limb for an undeserved share of the riches. Whether the cargo was gold or silver, spices or silks, animal or human, there have always been villains ruthless enough to kill or be hanged for it.
From the days of the Vikings to the present and in all the oceans of the world, pirates have made their presence known and feared. Recorded here are their stories along with striking images of ships, storms at sea, and secret harbors where “black ships” could be re-stocked and refitted.
Award-winning author and artist William Gilkerson has spent years researching and painting their colorful history. From the terrible Black Beard to the fascinating Granuaile, or Grace O’Malley as the English called her, they have come to life under his brush. One can almost hear the creak of timbers, the snap of canvas while turning the pages. This gift book is a rich treasure in its own right.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction - Adventure & Adventurers; Juvenile Nonfiction - History
Imprint: Tundra Books
Pub Date: November 2009
Age: 10 UP
Trim Size: 11 x 9
# of pages: 96
ISBN: 978-0-88776-924-5 (0-88776-924-1)
CDN Price: $35.99 / US Price: $32.95
William Gilkerson is a sailor, painter, journalist, and historian. He is the author of ten nonfiction books on nautical topics as well as works of satire, art commentary, and fiction. His two-volume treatise on the development of ship’s weapons, Boarders Away, is a standard text. His drawings, watercolors, and oils have been featured in several major exhibitions and have been reproduced in books, magazines, and on film. William Gilkerson lives in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.
A Thousand Years of Pirates is a picture sequel to William Gilkerson's previous book on the same subject, award-winning Pirates Passage.
"From Viking times to present day, and in all the seas of the world, Pirates have made the presence known and feared." excerpt from introduction.
A Thousand Years of Pirates would make a good gift for anyone who is interested in learning all about the infamous pirates in history, it contains a treasure trove full of historical information. At times we did consider it be too educational though, reading more like a textbook than a Children's book.
In my opinion the book cover is absolutely gorgeous and the silver gilded book edges stunning, it would look great as a coffee table book. Not only is the exterior beautiful the inside is as well with several beautiful illustrations throughout.
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Prize Information: A Thousand Years of Pirates
Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Price: $32.95 US / $35.99 CAN
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