Book: Pirates on the Farm
Author: Denette Fretz
Illustrator: Gene Barretta
Publisher: Zondervan / Zonderkidz
Galatians 5:14 - For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 6:9 - Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Romans 15:2 - Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
Pirates on the Farm is a great book for children ages 4-8. This book is designed to help children understand to 'love your neighbor as yourself.' I like what the Author, Denette Fretz, says in the back of this book - "As you diligently plant and water, may God cause your child to grow."
Meet the crew of Pirates on the Farm: Captain Greybeard, Ratty, Jolly Roger, Stretch, Pooch, and Digger. These crazy characters have decided to purchase a farm in a southern community, and live next door to a family of four. The mother was horrified, but the dad was not. He saw an opportunity to help the buccaneers. Dad gave the farmers a hand in planting seeds, milking cows, sheering sheep, riding horses and harvesting corn because they didn't know a thing about farming.
The Pirates on the Farm also lacked in social skills. They would go to church, a store, a Christmas pageant or enroll in school, but it would always end up in some kind of disaster. Damages ensued and needed to be paid, but the farmers had no more money. They spent it all on their farm. What were they going to do? The kind, neighborly mother paid the farmers debt.
Mother now invites the farmers over for dinner every Saturday night. She and her family have shown love to the Pirates on the Farm. By doing this they have become good friends. The farmers are now more civilized at dinner and they have become successful farmers!
I like what the author, Denette, said - "When you plant love it grows."
In the back of this book there is a page written to parents from the author, Denette.