6th December '18
A Pirate Christmas is a unique story about Pirate Dad and his son who after being left to keep an eye on the boat end up reading one of Pirate Dad's old books The Nativity.
I really liked the sound of this books as whilst The Nativity isn't a particularly exciting story for the children as they seem to prefer books about Santa it is done in a unique way so that the children still get to learn about the story of the nativity but with a fun pirates perspective. It gave us a chance to talk about whether it seemed familiar to them because of our nativity show we'd been practicing for and having the pirates commentary on the nativity was nice as it was relatable to them as I'm sure they'd all been wondering why they chose to ride a donkey rather than take a car, for example, so it was nice to open up conversations with them about the small things we tend to ignore as adults. I liked how there wasn't too much commentary by the pirates as that would have been confusing for the children but it was nice to see the pirates story at the start and end too. The children were very pleased at the end that they got what they wanted and liked seeing the guinea pig watching out to sea through it.
The characters in the book are great and with them being pirates it really drew the children to the book as they all wanted to read the pirate story. It was nice to have the focus on Pirate Dad, Joe and the guinea pig as we got to see them enjoy unpirate like activities but still got to see what their opinions of the nativity were and the children were pleased to see all the other pirates join in nearer the end of the book and have some fun! The illustrations in the book are not bright and colourful like many Christmas books but the colours work very well for the pirate theme. The illustrations were still so lovely and it was nice to see the pirates looking at the nativity book as it kept them in keeping with the story. A Pirate Christmas is a great Christmas book and perfect for introducing children to the nativity through characters they love, the children really enjoyed the pirate aspect and it was a great way to start discussions on the nativity which they may not have had if they didn't have the pirates perspective to guide them!