Portside Pirates

We had a great adventure this evening in the library in Sant Pol de Mar. After making our pirate hats we were ready to set sail. Heave to and hoist the sails.

All aboard! Let’s sail the seven seas!

All aboard

We’re sailing to Timbuktu! We’ll find treasure! Pieces of eight!

We're sailing to Timbuktu!

We could meet Blackbeard! Shiver me timbers!


Land ahoy!

Land ahoy

All hands on deck!

All hands on deck!

Aye, aye Captain!

We talked about famous pirates. Edward Teach nicknamed “Blackbeard” who was born in England. He would put little candles or pieces of fuse in his hair and light them. They would give off smoke, giving the pirate a fearsome, demonic appearance.


William Kidd from Scotland who fought illegal pirates until he became one himself.


The Barbarossa Brothers from Turkey. They ruled the Barbary Coast of North Africa.


And Anne Bonny and Grace O’Malley both from Ireland and yes they were female pirates! At first they dressed as men while they were at sea but even when they were discovered to be women, they were admired for their skill and courage.


See below the video from Portside Pirates published by Barefoot Books.

See you next week for a journey down the Nile.


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in Sant Pol de Mar

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Here is the author Michael Rosen’s brilliant performance of his story.

And here an animated version of the picture book. Enjoy!

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

For the January storytelling session in the library I told the story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I used the version by Rachel Isadora which is a simple retelling of the Brothers  Grimm fairy tale with the location changed to Africa.

The illustrations in this book are described here by Rebecca Zerkin for the New York Times. ” Isadora uses ornate textiles as cultural symbols. Some dancers wear detailed, realistic renderings of African fabrics in a range of styles: yellow, blue and brown zigzags; delicate, interlocking purple diamonds; thin stripes in brown and black. Others wear bold gowns painted with thick, textured brushstrokes. Their radiant faces, often shown in perfect profile, have dramatic skin tones, complicated striations of brown, yellow, orange or black. Isadora’s dynamic, crowded scenes, often mounted on simple white backgrounds, spill over the edges of each two-page spread.”

As part of the activity we also made some collages using wrapping paper. Here are the results.

Clapping in the Castle

We also sang a song by Nancy Stewart “Clapping in the Castle” click on the title above to go to her page and sing along.