Author: Michael Brownlow; Illustrator: Simon Rickerty | Age: 3+
Ahoy, me hearties!
Hope you’ve had a fearless Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Embrace the spirit of the day by immersing yourself into the perilous world of the ten little pirates, who disappear one by one, only to be reunited on a desert island. Beyond the obvious STEM-relevant counting backwards from ten, which helps children develop an understanding for the size of each number in relation to other numbers, there is a wealth of discussion points in this story, such as different weather phenomena and dangerous animals at sea. You can look into cause and effect – What exactly does the hurricane do to the pirate? – and venture into the world of acoustics by creating some of the sound effects from the story. How do you make a good ‘chomp’ or ‘sploosh’? The children could also investigate how to build a good pirate ship, how to prevent it from sinking and how they would need to build the boat to carry a lot of treasure.
With our book recommendations, we want to help you spark a conversation that leads children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Have the courage to go beyond the obvious STEM connections and embrace all questions that may come out of your discussion with the children.