captain no beard book coverReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

My two year old’s favorite song right now is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, though he calls it “Up Above”, thus, anything about stars is a hit around our house. Combine stars with Captain No Beard and his crew and you really can’t loose! So, you can imagine how excited my kids were to receive Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis by Carole P. Roman.

The crew has set out on a new mission! The captain, however, is the only one who knows exactly what that mission is all about. Why is he being so secretive? The crew doesn’t know. All they know is that they are headed north and conditions are getting very cold. They encounter snowflakes, spot icebergs, and shiver their timbers! Why is the captain taking them so far north?

Soon, they spot the northern star, Polaris, and come a bit closer to the truth of their mission. Finally, Captain No Beard admits that their piratey mission is to take something from the north and bring it home with them – they are pirates, after all, and pirates are known to… well… to take things without permission.

As the crew tries to remind their captain that stealing is wrong, the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, appears in the sky. It is amazingly beautiful, and the exact thing that the captain has in mind to take home. “I want to look at it all the time!” the captain tells his crew.

As the crew explains what the Aurora Borealis is and why their colors shine, they are able to convince their captain that stealing is not a good choice. They enjoy the lights while they are there and come home to design some colorful views of their own.

Again, Roman has created an engaging story that perks children’s interest in the world around them, exemplifies good choices, and encourages them to respond in a creative way, such as painting their own versions of the Aurora Borealis. I highly recommend Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis as a fun story packed with learning and creativity.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 7 children under 11 years old. She loves reading and collecting great books to share with others and knows that one can never have too many!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Carole P. Roman. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.