The newest volume in the beloved pirate series for children, A Captain No Beard Story, is Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles by Carole P Roman. Watercolor styled art perfectly accompanies the nautical pirate and marine themes. The detailed cartoon art is fast paced and the expressive cartoons will capture the attention of young children. This newest story focuses on an expressive, friendly frog, Fribbet, Captain No Beard and the other familiar heroes introduced in the series, including Mongo the monkey, and Cayla as well as Hallie. Children will love the pirate ship touches and expressions like swabbing the deck, "shiver me timbers" and dropping the anchor. By featuring the frog as the focal point, this series allows for greater growth and expansion.
As with the other books, this book centers around essential messages about kindness and compassion. The reader will learn about caring, empathy and even therapeutic communication as Fribbet's friends help the burdened little amphibian. Captain No Beard has wisdom that can apply to all audiences, the young, the old, parents as well as children when he states in the book, "problems can weigh you down like a heavy anchor. When you share your load with others, it's never too heavy to carry." Ironically, these pirates with their pirate ship have more morals and ethics than the traditional pirate in children's literature. The lesson transcends age, and will leave a lasting impression long after the book is put down. As a parent, this is certainly a story I would share with my children ages 14, 9, 2 and 8 months. Roman threads wisdom and morals throughout her fictional stories, and has mastered the plot twist adding an element of surprise that even parents will appreciate as they read this story to their children.
The books of this series belong on the bookshelf of every pirate enthusiast. There is more to this series than meets the eye- beyond the pirate theme are tales of morals and inspiration. Any parent navigating the endless choices in the children's picture book genre should take a look at this quality series. This has become one of my favorite series for children. As a blogger I received this book from the author for the purpose of writing this review. I'd like to see all these stories eventually published into one larger, hardcover pirate treasury. This book is available on Amazon and B&N as well as a Kindle edition.