I am a lover of all things quality children’s literature. I subscribe to Charlotte Mason’s way of thinking, that twaddle books keep children from reading, enjoying, and learning to love real, quality literature.
I am so happy to say we have been reading Charlie the Tramp, for a review, and it is a beautiful children’s book.
Charlie is a beaver who wants to be … not so much a beaver! He wants to be a tramp when he grows up, because tramps don’t have to chop wood, keep their teeth sharp, or learn how to build dams. He tells his family that he wants to go out into the world and be a tramp; so they pack him a lunch, give him hugs, and send him on his way.
But Grandfather Beaver says, “You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver …” And of course, Charlie turns out to be a beaver! 😉
This lovely, award-winning book is written by Russell Hoban, with beautiful illustrations by Lillian Hoban; it is an American classic that has been reissued in hardcover format for its 50th anniversary! You will recognize Russell and Lillian Hoban as the author and illustrator of the Frances books, enchanting stories about a badger named Frances.
We have been enjoying this story in our home at bedtime readings. My son (4 years old) is very interested in being a firefighter when he grows up, so he has really enjoyed the tale of Charlie wanting to become a tramp when he grows up. The story offers many character and simple life lessons children and adults of all ages will enjoy. It is definitely a wholesome story, that you can feel comfortable reading to your family.
With the holidays coming up, I know many of us like to limit gifts at Christmas time and this will make a perfect “something to read” gift!
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