Tabitha Fink and the Patchwork Pirates

Children - Picture Book
71 Pages
Reviewed on 01/07/2018
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Tabitha Fink and the Patchwork Pirates by Rick Felty revolves around Tabitha Fink, the cat with one eye who likes to try out things that other cats do not. Tabitha Fink is a pirate and her ship takes them on journeys where they have a lot of fun together. Bartholomew, Tabitha’s first mate, watches for things which they should steer clear of. He is the brave one and keeps them all safe on the blue seas. Though people think all pirates are mean, they stink, and are not very clean, Tabitha says they are friendly and kind and start the day with a warm shower. Right now they are planning a journey across the wide ocean, to an island where there is hidden treasure. They need more helping hands to make that journey. Will the newly hired crew match up to Tabitha Fink’s expectations? Will they finally be able to find the treasure?

The story is filled with adventure and conveys good messages to young readers. It is about acceptance, and understanding that different people have different skills and, put together, they can work well. The author weaves messages into the plot with expertise, making it easy for children to understand the importance of accepting and working with diverse people. The illustrations are colorful and lively, and they help young readers identify with the characters and the scenes easily. All books with messages, concepts, and morals should be introduced to children as there is no better way to help them understand, and this book does just that.

Deborah Stevenson, Frog Prince Books

Arrrrrr you ready to take a trip, with Tabitha Fink on her pirate ship? Climb aboard author Rick Felty's Tabitha Fink and the Patchwork Pirates, for a wonderful adventure, as this sweet, rhyming story is not only fun for children, but has much to teach them.

Tabitha Fink is a one-eyed cat, but she doesn’t mind being different, and she doesn't let that stop her from seeing beyond the surface. Tabitha and her first mate, Bartholomew the mouse, are pirates. Not mean, stinky pirates, though—kind pirates, who shower every morning. When they find a treasure map, they decide they’ll need more help to dig up the treasure. They advertise for some new crew members—two girls and a boy, no experience needed. Bartholomew is not pleased with the folks who apply, but Tabitha sees each with her insightful, accepting eye. Though their patchwork crew seems an odd assembly of makeshift pirates to the brave but skeptical Bartholomew, as their adventure unfolds, he learns what Tabitha has known all along: each brings a unique skill to their team that helps them in their mission to find the treasure.

Felty’s charming illustrations in vivid colors bring this story to life, and heroine Tabitha Fink reminds us that being different is not just okay, it’s purr-fect! In a world where, too often, our differences separate us, Rick Felty's patchwork of pirates reminds us that when we embrace our differences, they come together to create a beautiful "sail full of colors,” that will catch the wind and take us to amazing places. Tabitha Fink and the Patchwork Pirates is sure to be a favorite with children, who will enjoy the story, while learning its valuable message of celebrating the unique and special gifts each of us has to offer.

Reviewed by Deborah Stevenson—Author of award-winning children’s books, Soaring Soren: When French Bulldogs Fly and Oy, Elephants!