Prince Noah and the School Pirates – Silke Schnee, illustrated by Heike Sistig

51ozui5kejl  Prince Noah and the School Pirates – Silke Schnee, illustrated by Heike Sistig, translated by Erna Albertz, Plough Publishing House, (9780874867657), 2016

Format: Hardcover Picture books

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

What did you like about the book? Where Prince Noah lives children go to school on ships rather than in buildings. There were a number of different ships for different children; Prince Noah’s ship was rather traditional teaching reading and math but his brothers were on a shi0 that was only sports. The ship for girls only taught needlework and crafts. There was a ship for children who had only one eye or were blind. The ships are attacked by pirates who take all the children from all the ships and lock them in a tower. Working together the children manage to escape, find a ship the pirates have deserted where their teachers have been imprisoned and finally make their way back home. And now that there is only one ship, all the children go to school together. This is a rather strange story, which illustrates the ingenuity and resourcefulness of children and certainly begs for inclusive classrooms.

To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend this one to those who liked the previous book, The Prince Who Was Just Himself.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 11/25/2016

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