Small Saul

Small Saul

Book - 2011
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Small Saul is a different kind of pirate. Will Small Saul be able to prove his worth as a pirate or will he be thrown overboard?
ISBN: 9781554535033
Characteristics: [32] pages :,colour illustrations ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Walker, Tara - Editor


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Jul 02, 2019

this book is a great book i really like it

Feb 13, 2019

Charming book of acceptance and being happy with who you are.

Nov 19, 2016

Saul is determined to be a pirate, though he barely passes pirate school. The crew he joins is in for a shock, as Saul immediately sets about redecorating and cooking. Can this atypical pirate find a home on the high seas? Caution: there's a little bit of yucky stuff, mostly because pirates are kind of unwashed. And like almost all children's picture books about pirates, there's just one token person of color in the pirate crew. SAD. But Saul himself is a charmer and this is a good book about being different that doesn't smack you upside the head with its message. And I totally approve of his tattoo.

kellie_m Jan 29, 2014

I love the flow of this book, I read it t my 15 month old every night and will be adding it to my personal collection as soon as I can afford to. It tells the tale of a young man who believes in his dreams and the book celebrates individuality.

Perfect combination to Dr Seuss' Oh! The Places You'll Go!

SPL_Childrens Jan 16, 2013

Meet “Small Saul”. Distinctly diminutive in stature, he is denied entry to Navel College. Saul decides to enter Pirate College instead, for he has always dreamed of going to sea.

After graduating, Saul ends up on the Rusty Squid, where it becomes evident that he isn’t at all like the other pirates. He isn’t good at looting, fighting, or looking tough (in fact, he wears a bunny tattoo)… but he can certainly cook, sing and keep things clean and tidy. Saul decides to use his true talents. He makes delicious cakes and cookies for the pirates, sings sea shanties to them, cleans and even redecorates their cabins, and provides them with breath fresheners.

Alas, Saul’s efforts are unappreciated, and one day he is tossed overboard. Poor Saul! Climbing onto a floating log, he waits for rescue.

Meanwhile, the pirates are back to eating bland gruel and moldy bread. Their cabins begin to smell of stinky feet and no one is singing sea shanties. Before long, the pirates are longing for Saul’s cooking, songs and housekeeping skills. They turn back and rescue Saul, realizing that he “…had made their ship a home… just like treasure, Saul was rare!”

There can never be too many pirate stories for preschoolers, and with the many details to be found in the artwork on every page, Ashley Spires’ absurd, hilarious picture book will be in demand more than once!

DavidLewislibrary Feb 10, 2012

Ms. Cimaglia's class liked the part when the pirates went back to get Saul because life wasn't the same without Saul. We liked how Saul cooked delicious cake for the pirates. We liked how Saul redecorated the bedrooms. We thought it was funny when Saul tried to get a tough tattoo but he ended up getting a bunny rabbit. We like when Saul gave cookies and flowers to the princess. When Saul got thrown overboard, the ship got moldy because he wasn't there to clean it. We liked when Saul got thrown overboard because it was funny.
Mrs. Botelho's class didn't like it because it was gross how they ate disgusting food and the ship was stinky. We liked the part when Small Saul said Prrrrrr instead of Arrrrrr. Some of us didn't think it was funny when they ate stinky food. Some of us thought the book was too short and more appropriate for younger grades like kindergarten or grade 1.
Ms. Kemeny's class liked the part when the pirates throw Saul overboard because he is different. He is a special pirate because he is neat, he likes to bake, he likes to clean, he likes to decorate, he is small, and he's not tough. Just because he is different, doesn't mean he is not a good pirate.
Ms. Harbin's class liked when small Saul walked the plank, but the ship came back for him. We like when he redecorated the bedrooms on the ship. We like when he throws the mint in the captain's mouth because his breath was stinky.
Ms. K's class liked when the pirates went back and got small Saul after they threw him overboard. They were happy to have him back even though he was a different pirate. We liked when they threw Small Saul overboard and the boat was nasty and gross.

debwalker Apr 02, 2011

"The artwork in this book – of fearsome pirates and not-so-fearsome Small Saul, “was rendered in ink, watercolor, water, flour, a cup of sugar, a dash of vanilla and baked at 350 degrees.” This statement provides all you need to know about the general tone of this delightful book."

Susan Perren, Globe & Mail April 1, 2011

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SPL_Childrens Jan 16, 2013

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7


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