Reviewed by David Savage
The Captain No Beard series of children’s books from the award-winning children’s author Carole P. Roman has a new edition Being a Captain is Hard Work.
Captain No Beard and his friendly crew on the the Flying Dragon are back in another high seas adventure story. Captain No Beard wants to sail to Dew Rite Volcano and although his crew have concerns he ignores them as he is the captain and knows everything!
When advised by Mongo that a storm is approaching Captain No Beard says he is wrong and continues with his stubborn plan. When the rest of the crew start to voice their opinions about how wrong it is to continue sailing to the volcano he stubbornly ignores them and continues with his single-minded plan. Due to the Captain’s stubbornness the crew of the Flying Dragon are soon in caught up in a storm that could put everybody in harm’s way, but will the Captain realise the error of his ways in time?
The Captain No Beard stories are always a great read with a life lesson and educational value and I love reading them along with the 3 year old twins. Beautiful illustrations accompany the well-written stories and keep the children engaged.
The message to be taken away from this story is that being stubborn and closed-minded will lead to trouble. Always listen to advice from people you trust and make decisions based on all available information, especially when other people are going to be affected and respect their opinions.
Nobody knows everything, not even a ship’s captain, so this story teaches the need to listen to others and respect their views and ultimately how to admit and learn from your mistakes.
As well as a great story and life lesson the book is also educational in a very subtle way introducing different cloud formations and their names (there is even a glossary of clouds with pronunciations at the back of the book).
Overall, a great educational story that teaches listening skills, respecting others, teamwork, admitting your mistakes and learning from them and humility.
RRP: £8.99 (paperback)
Available to buy from Amazon here.