A Newfoundland Adventure by Dawn Baker
|August 19, 2014||Posted by Gillian Chapple under Children's Lit, Young Readers|
Three children, one summer, the seashore and a mysterious tunnel – what could they possibly find on the other side? Follow the adventures of Cousins David, Richard and Heather to find out!
This story takes you on an adventure with cousins David, Richard and Heather during summer at Little Heart’s Ease. The story follows the children as they search the seashore for shells, sea glass, seagulls and crabs. Whilst exploring the seashore the children find a mysterious tunnel, which they enter, and are transported to 1602–a time very different to the time they live in. What happens next is a historic adventure of an Irish Princess, a sea captain, pirates and a battle through the seas.
My 8 year old son read this book to his 4 year old brother on a car journey and, once finished, declared the book was much better than he thought and they both LOVED the pictures, especially the ship on fire (boys will be boys!). My older son was able to read most of the book, only enquiring about words he was unfamiliar with, such as privateer and Lieutenant. The story also captured their imagination for the ‘olden days’ and a search on the internet once home was called upon to find out about the captain and pirates!
As a parent, I feel this book is suitable for children from Kindergarten to Grade 5 (due to the historical content) and is a good read for Grade 2/3 children. The illustrations are bright and descriptive and the story moves well from present day to historical events. To conclude, my son commented that when looking at the front illustration, which is primarily of a girl, he perhaps thought it was a ‘girl’s book’ but he now admits “you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover” as the book is fun for everyone.
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