Saturday, December 3, 2016

CHARLIE the TRAMP Celebrating his 50th Anniversary with a GIVEAWAY - Ended

Winner is Becky!
Charlie the Beaver wants to be a tramp when he grows up. “Tramps don’t have to learn how to chop down trees and how to roll logs and how to build dams. Tramps just tramp around and have a good time. Tramps carry sticks with little bundles tied to them. They sleep in a field when the weather is nice, and when it rains they sleep in a barn.” Charlie sets off with his bundle. But when he hears water trickling, he can’t get to sleep. Will he be able to resist the urge to make it stop? As Grandfather Beaver says, “You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver.”

An American classic is back in a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition.
Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968.
Available on Amazon

My Thoughts:
This is such a cute book! I love the way the story ends. The illustrations are done in a pencil drawing style. They bring the book to life. The only possible concern is that because this book was originally published in 1966, the meaning of the word "tramp" may have changed a bit. Our family reads quite a bit of the classics, so my children are aware that just because a word means something today... it may have meant something completely different when the book was written. This was not a problem for us. I guess it would be left up to each person's discretion.

Little Charlie is a beaver, who when asked what he wants to be, says a tramp. He wants to be a tramp because they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, and they do a few little odd jobs for food. He would rather do that, then do chores. 
So his parents decide to let him be a tramp. For a couple of days Charlie goes out and sleeps in the field, he comes home in the morning to do some jobs for food, then he goes out again. Then one day, Charlie does not come home. His parents get worried about him, and go looking for him.

What they find is pretty amazing, and Charlie may not grow up to be a tramp after all. 
This book pretty much captures the heart of a child, and maybe the way they view the world. They desire the carefree life, but when brought up correctly, sooner or later,  reality kicks in and so does finding pleasure and fulfillment in doing what you love and were created to be. 

I received this book free courtesy of FlyBy Promotions to review. I was not required to review positively and all opinions are my own. 

Author:
Russell Hoban was the author of A Bargain for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Best Friends for Frances, A Birthday for Frances, and Bread and Jam for Frances, all illustrated by Lillian Hoban. He also wrote Bedtime for Frances, illustrated by Garth Williams.
Illustrator:
The youngest of three children, Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia on May 18, 1925. She attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, studied dance for ten years (and danced with the Martha Graham dancers), taught Modern Dance and danced professionally in the 1950s.
She learned to draw still life and began to write her own stories only after having children (Phoebe, Brom, Esme and Julia), and based her tales on their experiences.

Giveaway
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Giveaway ends December 11, 2016

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