Captain James Cook loved to sail. He loved making maps (he was very good at it, too) and he particularly loved shiny buttons. In this charming picture book, little ones can celebrate the life of a great mariner and true adventurer.
Join Miss Batts and her class as they tell the story of Captain Cook with a humorous and whimsical school play that’s sure to engage the very young. We see the class act out the story of Cook: as a boy watching ships on the horizon, sailing to Canada, then to Tahiti and on to New South Wales and New Zealand (spot the escaping chicken in each of the scenes!). Kids will discover that Captain Cook was the first European to cross the Antarctic Circle and they’ll also learn that on his final journey, he never came home again.
Parents, carers and teachers will smile at the familiar set-up of the chaotic school play and the inventive props, and enjoy eavesdropping on the audience as they interact with the performance. At the back of the book, walk through ‘Cook’s Gallery’ and see real life paintings of Cook, his ship and his travels.
About the Author
Tania McCartney is an award-winning author, editor, illustrator, publisher and book reviewer. She is the founder of Kids Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge.
Tania has written many feature articles, both in print and online including beijingkids, Time Out Beijing, Maeve magazine, Tickle the Imagination magazine and Australian Women Online.
A literacy advocate and regular speaker, she was an Ambassador for the National Year of Reading (2012) and supports The Reading Hour.
Her latest books include This is Captain Cook, Tottie and Dot, An Aussie Year and Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo.