Paperback Ó Tough Boris eBook á

Paperback  Ó Tough Boris eBook á This Book tells the tale of the pirate Boris von der Borch He is a tough, greedy, mean old pirate This book is written, and illustrated very cleverly It contains both told and untold stories. This children s picture book has very simple and repetitive language that still sounds rhythmic A lot of the story is told through pictures The pictures of in the book are all mostly frameless, but sometimes it will be cropped and framed This book about a tough pirate and a stow away shows readers that people are not always what they seem at first. Boris von der Borch is a mean, greedy old pirate tough as nails, through and through, like all pirates Or is he When a young boy sneaks onto Boris s ship, he discovers that Boris and his mates aren t quite what he expected i read this book in shelter to kids who have learned strict gender roles the basic message is boys DO cry and it s about a pirate, and the kids love pirates these days. While the text of this is very simple and tells the surface story of a pirate named Boris von der Borch, the illustrations tell a deeper story of a young boy who sneaks onto the pirate ship to get his violin back and for a short while becomes part of the crew I enjoyed this, although it isn t what I normally look for in a Mem Fox book It would work great as an introduction to a lesson on pirates, though It would also be a fun one to read on Talk Like a Pirate Day except it really doesn t co While the text of this is very simple and tells the surface story of a pirate named Boris von der Borch, the illustrations tell a deeper story of a young boy who sneaks onto the pirate ship to get his violin back and for a short while becomes part of the crew I enjoyed this, although it isn t what I normally look for in a Mem Fox book It would work great as an introduction to a lesson on pirates, though It would also be a fun one to read on Talk Like a Pirate Day except it really doesn t contain any pirate specific lingo Here we learn that even big, tough, scary, fearless pirates cry sometimes Lovely illustrations by Kathryn Brown. I love the interaction of story and illustration in this book, though I regret reading it with my children about death and unlikely friendship It s not for the very young, though there are few words I don t know what the audience should be, but it should be read It s poignant, and the words and images are harmonious yet dissonant. Pirates are tough and mean and greedy, and Tough Boris is no exception But when his pet parrot dies, even this pirate cries and cries Finally a pirate we can relate to Animated watercolor and pencil illustrations show us the action of life on a pirate ship. My niece and nephew both liked this book It made it onto our reading list as part of my effort to fulfill my nephew s request that we read a cool book Pirates are always pretty cool, and Tough Boris did seem to live up to my nephew s standards.There are two things about this book that really captured my attention First of all, this is a story for young little kids, like my nephew, who think pirates are cool Pirates are all tough, pirates are all massive, pirates are all scary, pirates are My niece and nephew both liked this book It made it onto our reading list as part of my effort to fulfill my nephew s request that we read a cool book Pirates are always pretty cool, and Tough Boris did seem to live up to my nephew s standards.There are two things about this book that really captured my attention First of all, this is a story for young little kids, like my nephew, who think pirates are cool Pirates are all tough, pirates are all massive, pirates are all scary, pirates are all scruffy Little kids get that, and agree with it That is a pirate as little kids know him The word story was the one my nephew was responding to Tough Boris is also a story for older kids, but that story is told through the pictures, and that story iscomplex andsuspenseful than the story told in words The story in the pictures is the one that my eight year old niece was tuned in to Where the two stories, merge, though, is in the end, and that ending is appropriate to both the word story and the picture story And that brings me to the second thing about Tough Boris that captured my attention Tough Boris is a story for adults with some life experience under their belts The ending was heartbreaking and poignant, especially so for a children s book I thought The message was simply stated, but cuts very deep, especially for a children s book All pirates cry And don t they Even the roughest, toughest, baddest, most criminal among us sometimes cry We all have hearts that are capable of great love, great evil, and thus, of great grief And in the end, our coolness and our toughness doesn t matter Only our humanity does Such a great book about he even the toughest of the tough need to cry Is surprises me coming from Mem Fox I wouldn t think Mem knows much about being tough, but she nails it with this pirateand this book hooked the kidsa great, short book to read with children.

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