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Pirates

Pirates are a frequent topic in fiction and are associated with certain stereotypical manners of speaking and dress, some of them wholly fictional. Some inventions of pirate culture such as "walking the plank" were popularized by J. M. Barrie's novel, Peter Pan, where Captain Hook's pirates helped define the fictional pirate archetype. Robert Newton's portrayal of Long John Silver in Disney's 1950 film adaptation of Treasure Island also helped define the modern rendition of a pirate. The recent Pirates of the Caribbean films have helped kindle modern interest in piracy and have succeeded quite handsomely in box office grosses.

The classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance focuses on the Pirate King and his hopeless band of pirates on the South coast of England. The Pirate King is often believed to be inspiration for Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp's character in Pirates of the Caribbean). Various variants on the pirate idea exist, notably "space pirates" in science fiction, such as the TV series "Firefly," that imagine future space shipping subject to similar pressures as shipping in the Age of Exploration. Pirates are also common mascots and names of sports teams.

While pirates are generally terrible people, folklore has romanticized them (as with other similar figures drawing on the "bad man with a heart of gold" theme). Some pirates are even protrayed in a Robin Hood-type manner, which is not as far-fetched as it may sound since he was basically a land pirate. We don't know whether pirates would beat ninjas in a battle (ninjas are pretty cool, too), but the thought of a bunch of wild dandies sailing the lonely seas in search of adventure and gold is pretty intriguing.

 

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Adventurous Life of Myles Standish
by Cheryl Harness
from National Geographic
for 4th-6th grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
Barbary Pirates
Sterling Point Books
by C. S. Forester
from Sterling Publishing Co.
Naval History for 5th-8th grade
in Pirates (Location: B01-13C)
Barbary Pirates
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by C. S. Forester
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
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Blackbeard and Other Notorious Pirates - Coloring Book
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by Peter Copeland
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
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by Doug Wilson
from Veritas Press
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by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
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in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A05-04A)
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by Charles Boardman Hawes
from Little, Brown & Company
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by Richard Platt
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
HIstory Reference for 4th-8th grade
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by David McPhail
from Little, Brown & Company
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Famous Pirates of the New World
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by A. B. C Whipple
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Great Pirate Activity Book
from Kingfisher
for 2nd-4th grade
in Pirates (Location: B01-13C)
How I Became a Pirate
by Melinda Long
from Harcourt
for Preschool-1st grade
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In the Hands of the Malays
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A05-04A)
In the Hands of the Malays
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A05-04A)
Innocent Voyage
by Richard Hughes, Lynd Ward (illustrator)
from Heritage Press
for 4th-7th grade
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Mice of the Herring Bone
by Tim Davis
from Bob Jones University Press
Animal Adventure for 2nd-4th grade
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by Tim Davis
from Bob Jones University Press
Animal Adventure for 2nd-4th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Mice of the Seven Seas
by Tim Davis
from Bob Jones University Press
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by Alexander Kent
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for 8th-Adult
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by A.B.C. Whipple
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
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from Margaret K. McElderry Books
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by Ned Bustard
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by Richard Platt
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Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter
by Richard Platt
from Candlewick Press
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from Random House
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by John Green
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
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Pirateology
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Pirates
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from Usborne
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Pirates - Stickers
from Dover Publications
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from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
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for 6th-10th grade
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by Lucy Lethbridge
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for Preschool-1st grade
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Story of the Barbary Pirates
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by R. Conrad Stein
from Children's Press
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by Amy Pak
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by Mem Fox
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for Nursery-2nd grade
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by Lucy Lethbridge
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in Pirates (Location: B01-13C)
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by Doug Wilson
from Veritas Press
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