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Title:
The Erie Canal pirates
Author:
Kimmel, Eric A.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Summary:
A boat captain and his men battle Bill McGrew and his pirate crew on the Erie Canal in a rhyming tale inspired by a folksong.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 61149.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 1 Quiz: 31834 Guided reading level: L.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780823416578
Format :
Book

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Summary

We were forty miles from albany.Forget it I never shall.When we first set sail to carry the mailOn the E-ri-e Canal,On the E-ri-e Canal.So begins the incredible journey of a brave set of sailors, who have a very surprising encounter in that famous New York waterway. When Bill McGrew and his pirate crew pull alongside the boat of Captain Flynn, it's nonstop action for the sailors.A battling pair of mules, high-sea adventure, and a boat trip up Niagra Falls make this spirited ballad a delightful update of a classic song. Andrew Glass's lively, colourful illustrations capture the spirit of this tall tale. Includes an author's note on the inspiration for this yarn.


Author Notes

Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois.

He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award.

Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 3. Borrowing from the song "The Erie Canal," which he learned as a child, Kimmel modifies the lyrics and the song's original story to tell this tale of Captain Flynn's tense encounter with pirates and his incredible--even fantastical--solution to completing his journey along the canal. Each page is a stanza of the song, written like a limerick. Glass' comic illustrations add to the book's light tone: lumpy sailors and scrawny, prickly mules (including the hero, Old Frank) dominate the pastel-colored action scenes. With the book's exciting tension and uproariously implausible solution, young readers will root for Captain Flynn and Old Frank and will find the pirates to be tolerable antagonists for this joyous and good-hearted folktale. In author notes at the back of the book, Kimmel explains how he came up with the idea for his new version of the song and how he took liberties with geography to create a resolution that will surely fascinate children. Roger Leslie


Publisher's Weekly Review

Pirates move from the high seas to a manmade channel in The Erie Canal Pirates, from the team behind Grizz!, author Eric A. Kimmel and illustrator Andrew Glass. Inspired by the folk song "The Erie Canal," the tale follows Captain Flynn and his crew as they are besieged by bad guys: "It was Bill McGrew and his pirate crew,/ The Terror of Buffalo,/ The Terror of Buffalo." Glass's unique blend of hyperbole and folk art strikes just the right note. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-A tall tale about an encounter between intrepid Captain Flynn and pirate Bill McGrew as they make their way along the Erie Canal. Flynn's crew battles the pirates on the water while on shore their mule, Frank, defends his hay from a one-eyed pirate mule. Eventually, Flynn navigates up Niagara Falls while the Erie pirates sink beneath the turbulent river. Glass's illustrations of the ramshackle boats and their motley crews emphasize the humorous elements and minimize any potential scariness. However, lumpy figures that appear slightly out of focus and muddied colors limit the visual appeal. Kimmel patterned his verse on the folksong that begins "We were forty miles from Albany." Unfortunately, he provides no music, and the bumpy verse doesn't have much rhythm of its own. Although there might be some regional interest in this book, most libraries will be better served by Peter Spier's interpretation of the song in his The Erie Canal (Doubleday, 1970).-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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