The Pirates and their Yo Ho Ho
Story by Stuart Baum
Illustrations by Victor Tito
(1961 - 1996)
Once upon a time there was a family living on a cliff by
the sea. The family had a mother, a father, a young girl, a
younger boy, a big dog, and a little dog.
In the middle of one night when everyone was asleep --
even the dogs -- a pirate ship sailed over to the side of
the cliff. The pirates got off the boat, climbed up the
cliff, went into the house, and took the little boy. They
sailed out to sea.
Soon the little boy woke up. When he saw that he was on a
pirate ship, he cried and cried for his mother. The pirates,
who were the nicest pirates you would ever want to meet --
not that you would want to meet any pirates -- soon got the
boy to stop crying.
They said that they would bring him home as soon as he
helped them recover their treasure. They had buried their
treasure in a cave, but now the cave entrance was too small
for them to get into, so they needed a small child to go in
and remove the treasure.
The boy agreed to try and he asked what the treasure was.
The pirates said that they had hidden a chest of gold and
jewels, a bottle of rum, and their yo ho ho.
They soon arrived at the small island. Quickly, they sent
the boy into the cave to find their treasure.
"Don't forget the yo ho ho!I" the pirates yelled after
The boy crawled into the cave where he saw a lot of
different paths. Soon he got lost and, once again, started
crying. Then he sat down and cried himself to sleep.
The pirates waited and waited for the boy to come out.
But pirates aren't known for their patience, so they soon
gave up on the boy.
They sailed back to the house on the cliff. It was still
night and everyone was still asleep -- even the dogs. This
time, they took the young girl.
They sailed back to the island and told the girl to go in
the cave and get their treasure. So the little girl crawled
into the cave looking for the chest, the bottle of rum, and
the yo ho ho. But most importantly to the little girl, she
was looking for her little brother.
The pirates called after her, "Don't forget the yo ho
But the little girl also got lost in the cave. She sat
down to rest and, like her brother, soon fell asleep.
The pirates waited and waited, but again gave up on the
girl. They got back into their ship and sailed back to the
house on the cliff. They tried to take the big dog, but it
started to growl, so they took the little dog instead.
They sailed back to the island and told the little dog to
go into the cave and get their chest of treasure, their
bottle of rum and, of course, their yo ho ho. The dog ran
into the cave so fast, that the pirates didn't get a chance
to yell, "Don't forget the yo ho ho!"
The pirates waited and waited and then saw the dog
crawling back out of the cave dragging something. They
cheered, "The dog has found our treasure." But instead of
the treasure, it was . . . the little boy.
So they sent the dog back into the cave to get the chest
and the rest of their treasure. Again, they waited and
waited and then saw the dog crawling back out of the cave
dragging something. But this time, instead of the treasure,
it was . . . the young girl.
The pirates sent the dog back into the cave for the third
time. They waited and waited and once again saw the dog
dragging something out of the cave. This time it was . . .
the chest of treasure!
The pirates, the little boy and the young girl cheered.
Then the pirates sent the dog back into the cave looking for
the bottle of rum and their yo ho ho. Again, they waited and
waited and finally the dog came out carrying . . . the
bottle of rum!
"Yay!" everyone cheered. The girl and boy also cheered.
Even though they knew they could not have any of the rum,
they were excited for the pirates. The pirates seemed so
happy that it was impossible not to be happy with them.
"Now all we need is our yo ho ho!" said the pirates as
they sent the dog back into the cave.
They waited and waited and waited some more until,
finally, the dog came back out of the cave carrying . . .
nothing. The dog shook his little head. No yo ho ho.
The pirates were sad that the dog did not find the yo ho
ho, but they were so happy about their treasure and the
bottle of rum that they decided to have a party right there
on the small island.
The pirates danced their pirate jigs and sang their
pirate songs and opened the bottle of rum. And you know
what? It turns out that the yo ho ho was... inside
the bottle of rum!
And all of them, including the little boy and girl,
chanted "Yo ho ho in a bottle of rum!" until their mouths
were tired. Even the little dog barked along.
NOT The End.
Molly & Hal's
The pirates were so happy when they found their yo ho ho,
that they opened the treasure chest and let the boy, the
girl and, yes, even the little dog, take whatever they
The little girl took a beautiful necklace full of sparkly
gems. The little boy took a golden bow and some golden
arrows. And the little dog took a pair of golden bowls, one
for food and one for water.
Then the pirates sailed back to the house on the cliff
and put the girl, the boy, and even the dog back to bed.
In the morning, the father and mother were very glad to
see their children - and the dogs - but they didn't believe
the children's story about the pirates, the treasure, the
bottle of rum, or the yo ho ho.
Really The End.
©1996 Stuart B Baum,
Illustrations by Victor Tito