Friday, December 02, 2016

Children's Book Review and Giveaway: "Charlie the Tramp," by Russell Hoban


I love classic children’s books. It’s so heart-warming to know that they’ve delighted children and their parents for generations. Books written long ago have a certain sweetness and innocence to them that never go out of style. So, I was thrilled to hear that the publisher is releasing a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition of Charlie the Tramp, by Russell Hoban! This book won the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award in 1968, and has the sweetest illustrations by Lillian Hoban. (You may recognize her art if you’re familiar with the Frances series of children’s books.)

About the book:

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.”

Like many children, Charlie thinks that “the grass is always greener on the other side.” If he leaves home, he won’t have to do chores or help his family. He’ll be free to do whatever he wants. Wisely, his family decides to let Charlie learn a lesson for himself. So, Charlie becomes a “tramp.” At first, he likes doing whatever he wants. He’s content to do “little jobs” rather than “hard work.” But he soon finds that being a tramp isn’t as fun as he’d hoped. He can’t resist doing what a beaver does such as building a dam. Before long, Charlie realizes that “hard work” is not so bad after all, and he’d rather be a beaver than a tramp!

This story will help kids to see that trying to be something you’re not doesn’t usually work. And that hard work isn’t something to put aside. Being with family and having a purpose in life is much more rewarding!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Russell Hoban (1925-2011) first became famous for his children’s picture books about a badger named Frances and other animal characters that have a lot in common with children we know – Bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, and Emmit Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Lillian Hoban (1925-1998), one of America’s favorite children’s book illustrators, is best known for a young chimpanzee named Arthur and his little sister, Violet. She also illustrated six of Russell Hoban’s books about Frances the badger, which have taken their place among the great classics of children’s literature. Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. She studied dance for ten years and became a professional dancer. She began to write and illustrate her own stories only after having children, basing her tales on their experiences.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a hardcover copy of Charlie the Tramp, by Russell Hoban. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 16, 2016.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through my link.

27 comments:

  1. I would share this with my little niece. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  2. this will be for my granddaughter.

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  3. I'll be reading this book with my daughter.

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  4. I would give this book to a family member who is expecting her first.

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  5. sounds cute I would read this to my granddaughter

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  6. Reading this with my nephew.

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  7. I will be reading this book with my twin grandkids

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  8. I would read this with my nieces!

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  9. With my son probably

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  10. I would love to read this with my daughter!

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  11. This will be read with my niece & nephew. Thanks for the chance.

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  12. I'll read it to my grandchildren.
    Theresa N
    weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. I would read it with my niece.

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  14. I will be reading this book to my niece!
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

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  15. I'll read this with my kids

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  16. My daughter would be reading this book.

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  17. Nancy9:35 PM

    If I win, I'd read this book to the kids in our family.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  18. I'll be reading this with my young niece who is just learning to read. :)
    Elle Tucker

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  19. If I was the lucky winner I would be reading this with our son.

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  20. I would share this with my niece.

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  21. I would read this to my granddaughter if I'm the lucky winner

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  22. I would give it to my granddaughter Chloe,her new found passion is reading

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  23. I will read it to my kids.

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  24. I will be reading this book with my niece if I win.

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  25. I will be giving The Tramp to my granddaughter. She has caught a bookworm and loves to read.

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  26. I would read this to my niece.

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  27. I would read this to my nephew!

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