Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World
Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World

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Annotation: Brief biographies of women pirates from around the world.
Catalog Number: #28816
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: c2008
Illustrator: Pratt, Christine Joy,
Pages: 103 p.
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 1-580-89132-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-20483-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-580-89132-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-20483-6
Dewey: 920
LCCN: 2007026983
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Much has been discovered about female pirates since Yolen wrote her first book on the subject, Pirates in Petticoats, in 1963. This new volume builds on those revelations in 12 portraits of sword-swinging, seafaring women throughout history, from Artemisia, in 500 B.C.E. Persia, to Madame Ching, an early nineteenth-century Chinese woman and named here as "the most successful pirate in the world." A long bibliography is appended, but there are no chapter notes to separate fact from folklore, and Yolen's conclusion further moves her subjects into the territory of legend: "There is so much storytelling, exaggeration, and just plain lying about the pirating trade that it's hard to say with absolute certainty that all the women pirates on these pages are real." The lack of in-text documentation is a disappointment, and although the scratchboard illustrations work well as portraits, the unlabeled maps fall flat. Still, the book is filled with fascinating, dramatically told stories and sidebars, and this could serve as good starting point for further research, as well as discussions about historical accuracy and bias.
Horn Book
This is an engaging look at female pirates throughout history, many of whom disguised themselves as men and committed crimes as dastardly as their male counterparts. Yolen acknowledges that a number of the stories may be exaggerated or even invented; sidebars add supporting facts and points of interest. Handsome scratchboard illustrations enhance the presentation. Websites. Bib., ind.
Kirkus Reviews
Piracy wasn't pretty, but sometimes it was sanctioned. It was always bloody and sometimes lucrative. Yolen tells the tales of 13 female pirates, from Persia to China, from 500 years before the Common Era to the 19th century. Not only does she tell them vividly, she also strives to untangle fact from fiction, history from legend, highlighting the telling details that will draw kids in. Alfhild of Denmark, for instance, kept a pet viper to ward off would-be suitors. Jeanne the Lioness of Brittany sold her castles and lands, outfitted three ships and attacked French vessels along the coast of Normandy to avenge her murdered husband. Rachel Wall was the last woman to be hanged on Boston Common, in 1789. A concluding "Roundup" includes a list of women pirates about whom only a few sentences are known. This volume is very prettily produced, with Pratt's gorgeous pen-and-ink-on-scratchboard illustrations and tailpieces. Sidebars with further tidbits, definitions, legends and historical records embellish the pages. Young pirate princesses (and princes) will be dazzled. (bibliography, websites, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)
School Library Journal
Gr 46 Most of what is known about the earliest "sea queens" is the stuff of story and legends. Yolen carefully notes what has been documented and what may be exaggeration throughout these brief biographies. An introductory chapter clears up some common misconceptions about pirates and pirating. Using recent scholarship on the subject, this collection crosses the oceans to include both familiar and unfamiliar names. Beginning with Artemisia in the 5th century BC and ending with Madame Ching in the 19th century, the profiles include Queen Teuta, Alfhild, Grania O'Malley, Charlotte de Berry, Lady Killigrew, Pretty Peg, Anne Bonney, Mary Read, Rachel Wall, and Mary Anne Talbot. Alternate spellings are listed, and sidebars provide supplementary and high-interest information. A gold-embossed binding and black-and-white scratchboard illustrations give a period feel to this handsome volume. Women pirates about whom there is a lack of adequate information for inclusion are mentioned. Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
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Wilson's Junior High Catalog
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 94-98) and index.
Word Count: 13,134
Reading Level: 7.1
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.1 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 123476 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:7.6 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q43996
Lexile: 1040L
Guided Reading Level: W

In 1963 Jane Yolen released a book called PIRATES IN PETTICOATS, because the idea of women as pirates fascinated her--but there wasn't much information about these women who made their livelihoods plundering on the high seas. Scholars have dug up a bounty of new information since then, and Jane, still fascinated, revisits the ladies who loot.

Discover such great pirates as Artemisia, the Admiral Queen of Persia who sailed the seas from 500 to 480 BC. At one point there was a 10,000 drachma prize for anyone who could capture her. There was Rachel Wall, who ran away from her strict upbringing and became a murderous pirate terrorizing the waters of the Atlantic coastline of America. She was hanged for her deeds. Possibly the most famous woman pirate of all was Grania O'Malley, daughter of an Irish chieftain. She plagued the English and was arrested several times, always gaining her freedom to pirate some more. Meet ten other female pirates on their ships, in battle, and in disguise in this intriguing look at the wayward women of the waves.

Christine Joy Pratt's pen-and-ink illustrations are alive with action and excitement. Here be a true and accurate account of the most low-down, scurviest--but the prettiest--black-hearted pirates you'll ever love to read about.


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