Pirates on the Farm by Denette Fretz, Illustrated by Gene Barretta

It’s time for Poppins Book Nook! This month’s theme was pirates! What kid doesn’t have fun when pretending to be a scurvy scallywag?

This month, our featured book was Pirates on the Farm by Denette Fretz, Illustrated by Gene Barretta.


This amusing hardcover picture book tells the tale of five swashbuckling pirates who decide to turn in their sea hats and settle down on a small southern farm. The Sanders family that lives next door isn’t too sure about the new marauding residents, but the family next door extends a helping hand, attempting to teach how to manage their new property. With some interesting ways of performing ordinary tasks and manners that could use some sprucing up, these pirates tend to bring trouble wherever they go in their new town. When the other townsfolk become fed up with the mayhem, can a kindly gesture save them from being kicked out of their new home?

The underlying Christian message in this book is to show the love of Christ to everyone as we “Love our neighbor as ourselves” as the Bible commands even if they are different. It’s a fun parable that will have children learning deep truths and enjoying a good laugh as they look over the various shenanigans that the pirates partake in on each brightly illustrated page.  I really appreciated the lesson taught as the Sanders family shines their light as Jesus asked of them despite the problems that were caused by their new neighbors.  Teaching our children to treat others with kindness, even those that are difficult to love, is a great stepping stone to showing them how the Gospel works in action. Purchase your own copy from Zondervan for $12.99.

After reading this enjoyable tale, I created this pirate themed printable pack for my children to use. Now I’m offering it to you for FREE! Just click the picture below to download!

FREE 30+ page pirate themed printable pack!


More Fun:

Poppins Book Nook Pirate Plunder Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month weare partnering with Jennifer Altman an Usborne consultant to bring one lucky entrant a chance to win a copy of either the Pirate’s Handbook (recommended for 8 years old and up) or Pirate Stories for Little Children (recommended for ages under 8 years old)books. One of these books is sure to add to your pirate fun!



The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter and will be notified by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom via email and posted here. Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside within the United States. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest or any other entity unless otherwise specified. Prizes will be issued by Jennifer Altman who is an Usborne consultant. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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  1. Kristy J. says:

    I would love to win the Pirate’s Handbook. I have 3 boys who adore anything pirate.

  2. Jennifer Mathesz says:

    The handbook looks like fun but my guy’s only 3 so the one for little children looks great also

  3. I would LOVE to win the Pirate’s Handbook! My children are just now getting into pirates. Thanks for the freebies as well 🙂

  4. Danielle says:

    I think my kids would love the Pirate Stories for Little Children book!

  5. Would love to get that pirate handbook as my son is hoping for a pirate themed birthday party in a couple months, what a great gift!!!

  6. Christina says:

    Our 4 year-old son loves pirates. Winning the “Pirate Stories for Little Children” would be great!!

  7. Probably pirate stories, but maybe the handbook. My little girl is almost 5 and LOVES pirates. Her room has been done in pink and black to match the pirate party she had last year.

  8. Emily R. says:

    Pirate Stories for Little Children would be enjoyed in our family!

  9. Stephanie says:

    Would love Pirate Stories for Little Children. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. The Pirate Handbook

  11. Thanks for the Pirate Learning Pack, Dusty! I have some children who will enjoy it 🙂

  12. We haven’t read Pirates on the Farm…. yet! It looks like a really fun book!

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

  13. This book looks perfect for Masters 2 and 4- one loves pirates and the other loves farm animals!

  14. Pirate Stories for Little Children. Thank you so much for the printables! My son adores pirates 🙂

  15. I would love the Pirate Stories for Little Children! I have 2 little ones that are in this age group. My son is VERY into pirates right now!

  16. We would love either, but I think the fun pirate stories would suit us betas both my kiddos are still under 8!

  17. Fun! My kiddos would love Pirate Stories!

  18. Jacqueline Scifres says:

    pirate stories for little children

  19. What cute looking books!

  20. We would love to have either book! My son is interested in ANYTHING pirate related! Thanks for the learning pack!!

  21. The Pirate’s Handbook – I think my little is a little too old for the other.

  22. The Usborne Pirate Handbook!

  23. Pirate’s Handbook would be great!

  24. Jessica Medina says:

    I would love the Pirate’s handbook!


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