Charlie the Tramp
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions contained within this post are mine and may vary from the opinions of others.
About Charlie the Tramp-
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.”
Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968
What We Thought-
I love reading with our son Jack and knowing our second son is on the way in March I am even more excited. The visions of reading to these boys together makes me so happy.
Charlie the Tramp is a great story for a large age range and also we find it isn’t too short or too long for a great read. I love the simplicity of the artwork inside of this book. Often more effort is taken in the illustration than the actual story and that is not true for Charlie the Tramp. Lillian Hoban draws these pictures with style and grace and I really love them.
I have books in our collection that belonged to my Mom when she was a young girl, so a recreation of an old favorite means a lot to me. I love that the wording was not changed to match present-day language and the word “tramp” is left just as is. Charlie did not want to just be an average beaver when he grew up, he wanted to explore and do other things. Charlie’s grandfather and father informed his mother that they wanted to do the same thing when they were younger.
I loved this story and will continue to read it to Jack and soon to his brother William.
If you are looking for a copy of Charlie the Tramp, check out Amazon where they have a hardcover version just like I got for $16.00.