Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Read-Aloud Thursday: Peter Duck by Arthur Ransome

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Peter Duck - Exodus Books

Book Description:
The third book in Arthur Ransome's wonderful series for children, Peter Duck takes intrepid explorers John, Susan, Titty, and Roger Walker and fearsome Amazon pirates Nancy and Peggy Blackett onto the high seas. Under the command of the infamous Captain Flint (Nancy and Peggy's Uncle Jim), the children brave a real-life pirate and his cutthroat crew, fog, sharks, and the ravenous crabs of Crab Island in the search of buried treasure.
My thoughts:
We are slowly making our way through through Swallows & Amazons Series  by Arthur Ransome and have made it to the third book Peter Duck. After finishing Swallowdale I had received a few comments to skip it and go ahead with the fourth book. I wasn't sure what to do since we already had the book and the kids were excited to read it. So I decided to we would read it and if it was a bust it wouldn't be the end of the world.

In Peter Duck we meet up again with the Swallows and Amazons who are heading out on an voyage with Captain Flint. After signing up an old seaman, Peter Duck, to go along on their voyage they have a few run in with a dark, pirate-like man named Black Jake. They soon learn that Peter Duck had seen treasure buried on an island in the Caribbees when he was a young lad, and Black Jake is dying to get his hand upon it even going to the extent of attempting to kidnap Black Jake. Thus begins their great adventure of sailing to the Caribbees and looking for the lost treasure

I am happy to say that Peter Duck ended up being a fun and exciting read. A book that includes a real pirate, an old mysterious seaman, a treasure hunt, and a host of natural disasters kept us sitting on the edge of our seats. Yes, I will admit that to an adult reader it may be a little too fantastical, but Arthur Ransome did a great job of making it seem like it could happen and in the end makes it a very appealing adventure. Another great family friendly read aloud which ranked high with my kids.

Others we have read in the Swallows and Amazons series:
  1. Swallows and Amazons
  2. Swallowdale
See what others are reading aloud over at Hope is the Word



  1. Your reviews are going to force me to locate a copy of these Ransome books for myself! :-)

  2. I have to admit, I have never heard of this book or the series... But it sounds like just the thing my kids would love! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for sharing! I am always on the look out for a great read aloud. I have heard of the series before but have never read it to the children. Maybe I need to....

  4. Oh, we loved reading Peter Duck aloud! All of the Arthur Ransome books are wonderful.

    I especially enjoyed We Never Meant to Go to Sea.



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