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    by Natalie Babbitt

    Jack Plank has left his pirate shipmates and gone ashore. Each day he sets out from Mrs. DelFresno's boarding house to look for a new job. Each evening he returns to regale the other boarders with the story of his job search, plus a tall tale from his life as a pirate to explain why that particular job wouldn't be suitable. For who would want to work where there might be a troll? Or what about a treacherous, music-loving crocodile?

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    Jack Plank Tells Tales

    by Natalie Babbitt and Natalie Babbitt

    Failed pirate Jack Plank entertains his fellow boarders with delightful and elaborate tales of why he can't find a proper job. "This is one treasure of a book."—SLJ

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Jack Plank Tells Tales

Author: Natalie Babbitt

Illustrator: Natalie Babbitt

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Jobs, Careers, Work, Pirates and Swashbucklers

About This Book

Yes, Jack Plank started out to be a pirate.  His shipmates all liked him, and their ship, the Avarice, was certainly very beautiful.  But after a while it was clear that he wasn't much good at plundering.  He just didn't have the knack for it.  So what to do?

Jack did the only thing he could do-he went ashore to look for another line of work.  The town was called Saltwash, on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, and he had a lot of helpful advice from the people in Mrs. Delfresco's boardinghouse.  Somehow, though, each career he looked into seemed to have something wrong with it.  And every night at dinner in the boardinghouse, he tried to explain why.  For who would want to work where there might be a troll, or the danger of getting a crab caught in your beard? Or what about a music-loving crocodile? There were other things, too, that ran against every suggestion and took the wind out of his sails.

At last, Jack sadly decided he wouldn't be good at anything onshore and would have to go back to sea, pirate or not.  But sometimes, as you probably know already, things work out very nicely when you least expect it.

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