Little Buc's Buccaneer Book Club: There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed A Map by Lucille Colandro

Little Buc

Ahoy, Followers –

Welcome to the eighth meeting of Little Buc’s Buccaneer Book Club

Students of all ages are superfans of my Buccaneer Book Club!  I love the feedback that I've received.  So far, we’ve read:

Sammy The Seasick Pirate by Janelle Spinger-Willms
Shiver Me Letter: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel
Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow & Simon Rickerty
The Grumpy Pirate
by Corine Dema & Artemis Roehrig
The Treasure Of Pirate Frank
by Mal Peet
Pirates Love Underpants by Corine Dema & Artemis Roehrig
How I Became A Pirate
by Melinda Long & David Shannon

If you missed any of these books, just click on Little Buc’s Adventures to the left.  Scroll down until you see posts with the title, Little Buc’s Buccaneer Book Club.

Today, I am excited to share, There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed A Map by Lucille Colandro.

As I usually do, I headed to the Bridge to begin my new book.  Rather than relaxing in Captain Campbell’s chair or curling up under the sound-powered phone, I hopped up and read right near the engine order telegraph.

Little Buc reads book on Bridge

I walked around the ship reading There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed A Map to any cadet that would listen.  We all agreed that the story is packed with solid gold vocabulary words.  Here are our six favorites.

Talk about the meanings of each sold gold vocabulary word with your classmates.  Try to use them in your conversations throughout the day.

gold coin with word hoist
gold coin with word brass
gold coin with word spyglass
gold coin with word recline
gold coin with word quest
gold coin with word gag

You all know that I LOVE books that include pairs of rhyming words.  Below is a list of words.  As the story is read, listen for a word that rhymes with map, sail, quest, thank her, dropped, came, rear, dark, and trip. 

pirate chest

The cadets and I spotted some familiar items on the pirate ship.

page from book showing pirate ship

sextant: (red circle)
On clear evenings, 1/C cadets majoring in Marine Transportation can be seen out on deck taking sights with their sextant.  They are using their sextants is to measure the angle between an astronomical object and the horizon for the purposes of celestial navigation.

Little Buc with sextant

divider(yellow circle)
On the Bridge, cadets use navigation dividers to measure the distance between two points on a chart to mark the ship's position

navigational divider on chart on bridge

compass: (blue circle)
This is the TS Kennedy’s magnetic compass inside the binnacle above the BridgeA binnacle is the housing for a ship's compass. The binnacle counters the magnetic deviation caused by the ship being made of iron.  This allows the compass to point to magnetic north. 

magnetic compass
magnetic compass closed

Okay, are you ready to hear There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed A Map by Lucille Colandro?  Let’s go!

How did you like it?

Teacher, if you do any activities related to There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed A Map, please share photos and work samples with me.  The email may be sent to me at  I'd also love to know which of our eight book club selections was your class's favorite.  

One teacher who learned that we would be reading There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed A Map shared this spyglass craft created from a plastic or paper cup and a paper towel roll.

spy glass craft for kids

Don’t miss the next meeting of Little Buc’s Buccaneer Book Club on Monday, February 13th.  We’ll be reading Pete The Cat And The Treasure Map by James Dean


Your favorite book-loving pirate,

Little Buc