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The Scrimshaw Ring

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Historical, Picture Book

The Scrimshaw Ring by William Jaspersohn
Recommended for Grades 4 – 6

This book, from the Family Heritage Series, is based on a true story about Rhode Island in 1710.  William, an imaginative boy, tells many tales of pirates and sea dragons to his parents after his daily play along the shore.  When left alone with the cook one day, William experiences a real meeting with some gruesome pirates, and has an object to prove it to his parents.  Jaspersohn’s description of the pirates – right down to the smell and toenails, makes the reader grimace.  Well illustrated with paintings, this book is a great introduction to history and has an endpiece about the value of heirlooms to historians!

Reviewed by:  Mrs. Baumgartner

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Historical, Picture Book.
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