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Storybox Playlist: Pirate Stories

Why do we love pirates? The adventure? The funny talk? The wild costuming? Well, here are some stories that look at pirates with a little sparkle.

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Pirates (from the Martin & Sylvia Series)

“Yo ho ho” and “Shiver me timbers!” are not what is usually heard on Town Lake during Lake Days, but this year Pirates have invaded the event, complete with head scarves, gnarly beards, and thick pirate accents. Could that be Martin in the black pirate’s hat? Could that be Sylvia at the helm of the pirate canoe? Could that be Daddy leading them to invade a friend’s sailboat and attempt to steal some "booty"? Listen and find out.

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The Pirate Queen (from the Junkyard Tales: All Together Now Series)

Georgia Bean, the kindly rat, is looking for something for the mice to do. The other animals suggest putting on a play and all offer to help in the production. They agree on a pirate theme, but everyone is surprised when one of the mice takes her part very very seriously.

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Paddling to Treasure Island (from the Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures! Series)

When Daddy suggests they paddle to "Luck Island" which was recently made into a public park, brother and sister are at once excited and filled with questions: "Does anyone live there?" "What is on the island?" "Will there be pirate treasure?" They find out that the island does indeed have treasure, but not at all what they were expecting.

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North Carolina: You are Not Your Father (from the FIFTY: The Stars, the States, the Stories Series)

When Levi Boyd learns who his father is, he is flooded with many emotions. He is shocked because he is learning this from his friends rather than his mother. He is angry because his mother never told him the whole truth. And he is ashamed because it turns out that his father — a man he never met — was the notorious pirate Blackbeard. Note: Though this is historical fiction and the characters have been developed to accommodate a story, their attributes and development may be useful as reference points and inspirations.

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Black Willow (from the So Many Fairies Series)

Mack and his wife are looking for a house outside of the big city. They have a baby on the way, and they need just the right spot. They see many nice possibilities, but Mack refuses to be satisfied; that is until they see a simple house with an impressive tree in the backyard: a Black Willow tree. “We’ll take it,” says Mack. What is it about this tree? Mack tells his wife that it reminds him of his long lost father; but what he doesn’t tell her is that he believes his father was a pirate!

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About the Author

David Sewell McCann
Story Spinner

David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.