The Scrimshaw Ring
A family story about an heirloom was the inspiration for this suspenseful narrative about a young boy's encounter in 1710 with mutinous pirates on a coastal Rhode Island farm. The final page offers ideas to help children uncover the stories embedded in their own family heirlooms.
Written by William Jaspersohn and Illustrated by Vernon Thornblad. Published by the Vermont Folklife Center, 2002. Hardcover, 32 pages.