Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Flag For the Flying Dragon by Carole P. Roman

A Flag For the Flying Dragon by Carole P. Roman is the newest edition to the Captain No Beard series of children's picture books. Bonnie Lemaire's watercolor styled illustrations  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 teamwork and including others.  Familiar characters,   Fribbet, Captain No Beard, Mongo the monkey,  Cayla as well and Hallie are back again as well as a new character, Zachary.  Children will love the pirate ship touches and expressions like swabbing the deck, and "shiver me timbers".

As with the other books,  this book centers around essential  messages about kindness. The reader will learn about caring, and problem solving.  "Everyone has to be included. That's our rule"- wise words that will have a lasting impact on young readers.  "This ship can't sail if we don't all work together", states Captain No Beard.  A parent can't resist a pirate with timely wisdom "problems can weigh you down like a heavy anchor. When you share your load with others, it's never too heavy to carry."  Sharing, team work, compassion..... 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 and10 months.   My two year old picked this book up as soon as she saw it, captured by the colorful pictures.  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.

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