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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Nobody wanted to play with Agu because he was a newcomer. Sam had converted the gnarled tree on the hill into a pirate ship. The rope was an anchor, the sheet was a sail, and Sam was the fearless pirate. Agu was sad. His auntie told him to be patient but he had been patient for days. Sam was singing a song about stealing cargo off mighty ships and robbing diamonds in Nigeria. Agu told Sam that there were no diamonds in Nigeria. Sam was curious to know what else Agu knew. He said he had sailed on a ship and Sam invited him to sail with her. Agu showed Sam how to reef with the mainsail when the winds got fierce and they sparred with mean pirates from a rival ship. In the end, would they be able to find friendship?
The Pirate Tree by Brigita Orel is a story of friendship and adventure and will take readers on a wonderful sailing trip on distant seas. Jennie Poh makes the adventure palpable to readers with her charming illustrations that give good movement and life to the story. The author weaves the concept of friendship with adventure in an exciting way that makes it captivating and adventurous to readers. The ocean, the imaginary storm and the fight with the pirates will also hold the interest of youngsters. It is a good book to help children see how Sam and Agu imagined the gnarled tree to be a pirate ship. The Pirate Tree by Brigita Orel is good for storytelling sessions at home and in schools to help children use their imaginations and become friends with everyone, irrespective of being from diverse backgrounds.