The Pirate Tree

From the Series Lantana Global Picture Books

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Two young pirates come together to look for diamonds and gold, but ultimately find something far more precious: friendship.

The gnarled tree on the hill sometimes turns into a pirate ship. A rope serves as an anchor, a sheet as a sail, and Sam is its fearless captain. But one day another sailor approaches, and he’s not from Sam’s street. Can they bridge their differences to become friends?

“A delightfully entertaining read and unreservedly recommended”—Midwest Book Review

“A superb and stylish exploration of what it feels like to be a kid dreaming up your own adventures, made even better when an unexpected friendship develops”—Read It Daddy

“A meaningful tale of how shared imagination can bridge divides and help bring people together in friendship”—The Letterpress Project

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Interest Level Preschool - Kindergarten
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-06-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039060, JUV051000, JUV001020
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 9.75
Lexile 590
ATOS Reading Level 2.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 503381
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2020


School Library Journal

“A heartwarming story of friendship and acceptance. . . .Many children will relate, empathy will be promoted, and discussions about kindness, friendliness, and respect can be easily facilitated.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Uplifting and perspective-bestowing.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Brigita Orel

Brigita Orel is a Slovenian author and translator. She has published numerous short stories and poems in online and print journals. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Illustrator: Jennie Poh

Jennie Poh was born in England and grew up in Malaysia. She studied Fine Art at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design as well as Fashion Illustration at Central St. Martins. She lives in Surrey, England.

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Lantana Global Picture Books

Lantana Global Picture Books are inclusive and international stories celebrating every kind of child and family, because all children deserve to see themselves in the books they read. With a focus on #ownvoices authors from under-represented groups, these stories make a… View available downloads →