Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Christopher Newport

Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Christopher Newport

Dear Friends!

There is some wonderful news! My friend and critique partner, Sharon Solomon has a new book out. It’s newer than new and I had the privilege of reviewing it just earlier this week, actually sending it off the publishing company, Pelican Publishing. 

You may remember an interview I did with Sharon Solomon here. And her other biographical picture book on Cathy, Buffalo Soldier, here.

But first let me give you a gift of a site about getting ideas for Picture books and then the process of writing about them:

It’s long but necessary to get you to the exact post on writing from your picture book ideas.

And for one more because it’s brilliant:

As a writer I’ve been wondering when to call finished with a manuscript I’m writing. This post says it all  It’s by Rachell Gardner one of the blogs I follow and read when I  have time. In the same vein here is a webinar she’s giving on how to find your mentor at a conference. It’s only $15 and so worth it.

And now, since I can’t wait to share my perfect picture book with you, here goes. 

Christopher Newport book cover4Title: Christopher Newport

Author: Sharon K. Solomon

Illustrator: Dan Bridy

Themes: nonfiction, historical, biography, adventure, explorers, pirates, Jamestown, Captain John Smith, autobiography, United States, State and local history,

Resources: How to teach America’s history: 

From the Jacket: “Set sail with Christopher Newport, a young lad from Harwich, England, who changed history! This biography takes readers on the exciting adventures of the high seas, full of sword fights, exotic foods, and shipwrecks on the journey to America and beyond.

Discover how the boy who spent his childhood by the sea on his father’s ship became a privateer under the orders of Sir Frances Drake. When Drake hired Newport in 1857 to capture Spanish ships and bring treasure back to England, the expedition cost Newport his right hand. After ten years as a privateer, he was chosen by King James to command three ships owned by the Virginia Company. On his voyage, Newport and his crew changed the world by founding Jamestown, the first successful English speaking colony in America.

Find out how this explorer searched for the elusive Northwest Passage to China, survived a shipwreck in Bermuda, and hunted for spices and riches in India. Through his travels and adventures, Newport’s navigational skills indeed made history.”

Why I love it and what I sent Pelican: This biographical picture book will especially be popular with boys aged five through eleven. The drama of pirates, privateers, swords and treasure will draw them in. As our hero, Christopher Newport, changes from someone who runs down treasure to someone who successfully begins the first colony in America, boys will follow Newport with awe. The life like illustrations complement the story,

As an adult I found this book fascinating for all the same reasons.

The timeline and glossary in the back of the book clarified details and I highly recommend this book to anyone who thought Captain John Smith was the sole person responsible for the start of Jamestown.

This is what the kid who reviews books says every Friday , Erik says

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people.

Have a Picture Book Perfect Weekend! Friends!


Statue of Sir Christopher Newport

Statue of Sir Christopher Newport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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23 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Christopher Newport

  1. This does sound good, Clar! Interesting, educational, and very appealing to boys! Thanks for sharing!


    • clarbojahn says:

      It is good, Susanna. Particularly to boys but girls will also find it interesting. Girls are known to like a bit of adventure as well. This old girl did anyway. 🙂


  2. I had to read this review, Clar, since Christopher Newport University is near my hometown. Now to find the book….


  3. Love historical fiction. And I think you’re right, boys would especially enjoy this read. Didn’t know about Newport. Congratulations to Sharon!


  4. The Time Team (television program from the UK) just had a great show on the excavations at Johnstown. It showed in the US (but I don’t remember what channel we were watching….). So much US history I didn’t know.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Sharon Solomon will be going to James town for their centential something or other and will do a signing and meet there at the event.

      I’ll have to look it up on line to see if we can find it showing here. thanks for the heads up. 🙂


  5. Rosi says:

    Great review and wonderful, useful links. Thanks, Clar.


  6. I have learned something new today. Now I know something historical that my husband, the history buff, doesn’t. Thanks for sharing this, Clar.


  7. Joanna says:

    Big congrats to Sharon and I love your boy-friendly choice today. I love the sound of the emotional transformation here.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, Newport changed from a privateer to a colony founder in his adventures. He made a big change in his career but it was still for the King. The king still hired him so to speak. 🙂


  8. And why wouldn’t a girl like this?! I know some girls who love swash-buckling history! Sounds like a good one. thanks for the nice review!


  9. I’ve always loved adventure stories…as a kid, I think I read as many Hardy Boys books as I did Nancy Drew. I especially enjoy those that are based on real events, as this one is! Thanks for a great review, Clar…and for the helpful links. And you have a wonderful weekend as well.:)


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks so much, Vivian.
      I hope your weekend is turning out good, too.

      I am enthralled with true stories as well. And love historical fiction. This true adventure story is special because none of it is fiction. It sounds like it though for this day and age, doesn’t it? 🙂


  10. Never heard of Christopher Newport. Well, well. Looks like I have some reading to do! Thanks for your pick today, Clar!


  11. Adventure and teaching me a little more of American history, I’m in! Thanks for sharing this Clar. (I’m miffed, I am sure I posted a comment earlier.)


  12. Judith says:

    Thank you for the link to Rachelle Gardner’s blog, the subject was timely and a great reminder.


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