“"Treasure Island" by Winn Coleman and Pat Perrin, Illustrated by Greg Rebts; Stone Arch Books; Mankato, Minnesota; Copyright 2007.
Awards this book has won: None.
Appropriate Grade Levels: Second Grade.
Summary: This is a graphic novel rendering of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story 'Treasure Island." After finding a treasure map to a lost treasure that is thought after by the crew that burried it, a young boy named Jim Hawkins set sail to find the treasure. Little does he or the other good sailors know is that their ship has been taking over by pirates, including the infamous Long John Silver, who is the ship's cook. A mutiny occurs as the evil pirates, led by Long John, take over the ship in the hopes of keeping the treasure for themselves. On the Island, one of the sailors left there by Captain Flint, Billy Gunn, who found the treasure himself. A struggle errupts between the two sides, before Long John and his men are beaten and Long John tries to flee.
Review: I love Treasure Island, its a great story, and Pirate Themed!, but it may be a bit much for young children in book form. Especially in graphic novel form, which while the pictures are very fun and exciting, the text being all over the place may not be easy for children to follow.
Uses in the classroom:
* Discuss why Jim befriends Long John and lets him go.
* Why is Long John and his men "bad pirates"?
* Discuss why Jim wants to be a pirate and would they want to be a pirate themselves.”