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Captain No Beard and his crew of loyal pirates heave anchor for another adventure, this time in the icy waters of the Arctic. Captain No Beard’s steering a course due north, sailing by the light of the North Star. Everyone on the crew wonders what the captain’s up to, especially as he gets embarrassed when they ask. When the captain finally admits his plan, the crew discovers he plans to steal the aurora borealis, the beautiful northern lights that brighten the arctic sky. They’re all shocked. They may be pirates, but even they know stealing is bad. Besides, how can anyone steal the lights from the sky?
A charming, engaging tale about doing what’s right, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis is the latest installment in Carole P. Roman’s award-winning pirate series. The first book, Captain No Beard-an Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life, received the Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 award and the Star of Remarkable Achievement. The series presents real-life problems in an imaginary setting and encourages discussion with both parents and educators
Captain No Beard and The Aurora Borealis is another great book by Carole P. Roman. I hold this author in high respect as her books are always such a thrill to read with her entertaining characters.
In Aurora Borealis, Captain No Beard plans to steal the Northern Lights even though he knows that it’s wrong. His crew-mates all recognize this and stand up to him despite the pressure that he is the captain. Their urge to do what is right shows the heart of the book and will encourage younger children to stand up for what they know is wrong. It also puts a very bold point on the fact that stealing is wrong, even if it’s just “borrowing” without permission. Another learning aspect from this book that I thought worthy of mentioning is some brief information on the North Star. Captain No Beard tells us it’s real name and a short and simple reason why it always points North.
So overall, I rate Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis 5 out of 5 stars and anxiously look forward to her future books!