Polly Flies North… Polly the parrot flies north to the land of snow and ice as the pirates meet up for their next Piralympic Games.
On Snowy Island our old favourite’s the vuvuzela playing Zulus; kilted bagpipe-playing Scots; cowboy guitar playing Americans; tattooed Maoris; yellow turbaned Indians and Abba Singing Viking pirates, are joined by the GIRLS, the Greek Goddesses and the Japanese Ninjas. With their new prosthetic arms, racing wheelchairs and blades the pirate crews take part in the Inuit (Eskimo) Paralympics. Run by the Inuit’s, Bernard the polar bear, Wally the whale and their friends. The Pirates go fishing for the whole village, build innovative igloos and take part in a sled race that nearly ends in disaster.
Jann Weeratunga has a magical way with words and she certainly knows how to entertain children, and adults, a like. Aside from the beautiful and hilarious images she paints with her book, she also uses her stories as valuable tools, teaching children (and adults) about bullying, accepting people who are different and most important that different is never a bad thing! It makes you special and who doesn't like to be special?
I enjoyed this sequel to Pollys Piralympics and feel that Weeratunga has a lot to offer children in her books. Aside from the exciting and fun story, each chapter is also punctuated with an activity for the children to complete - which not only encourages them to pay attention to the story (which is really important for child development) but also shows them how fun books can be.
Overall Weeratunga has done an amazing job and I highly recommend this book!