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Seven Clever Pirates

Seven Clever Pirates

Fall 2010 Music
Ages: 3 - 9 yrs.
CD Price: $14.00

Come along, me hearties, and sail the high seas with seven pirates (who aren't quite as clever as they think they are). With witty wordplay and rollicking tunes, Eric Ode-singer, songwriter, musician, poet-plays narrator and ship's captain to a bumbling crew made up of fellow cast members and musicians. First, they pick up a passenger, a little girl who mistakes the Sea Slug for a cruise ship. The not-so-ruthless pirates interrupt their treasure hunt to deliver her to her grandmother in Norway. Storytelling and music propel each other as the crew runs into a storm, meets a shark, explores a secret island, heeds good advice ("Don't Sleep at the Feet of a Volcano") and unexpectedly encounters a certain someone who should be safe and snug in Norway. How does the treasure hunt turn out? Suffice it to say that pirate Squid Liver's "parrot"-a chicken named Gretchen-leads the way, proving that "treasure" is in the eye of the beholder.

Lynne Heffley   ©2010 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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