Ahoy landlubbers: Sept. 19 is “Talk like a pirate” day. No – I’m not pullin’ yer pegleg. One of my favourite pirate books for youngsters is How I became a pirate by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon.
Young Jeremy Jacob is minding his own business, when a pirate ship sails up to the beach. It’s obvious that Jeremy is an excellent digger and the pirates welcome him along to help with burying their treasure. Jeremy finds many things about the pirate lifestyle that appeal to him, like vegetables are banned, and nobody tells you when to go to bed, or take a bath, or brush your teeth (which explains why so many have missing or green teeth). But there are other things like bedtime stories and being tucked in that Jeremy misses. When a storm hits, the pirates head back to land, and Jeremy solves their dilemma.
As I mentioned earlier, Thursday is “Talk like a pirate” day which brings me to another suggestion. You can access Mango Languages from the library’s homepage. It is an easy user-friendly way to learn another language. Have some fun while learning the program, by learning to speak “pirate” on this day. Then move on to that language you’ve been wanting to learn.