Charlie the Tramp is celebrating 50 years of adorable! Russell and Lillian Hoban did such a fantastic job of writing and illustrating this story, I felt myself getting choked up while I read it. Yes, I got emotional reading this classic children’s story book.
If you’re a new reader, there are two things you should know about me.
1) I am emotionally driven, a crier, so to speak.
2) I love Andy Griffith, which is important for this post, also. HA!
Charlie the Tramp Review & Giveaway
This adorable little beaver, Charlie, was sure that he wanted to do something different, be someone different than his parents had raised him to be. I think every parent can relate to the feelings that Charlie’s parents and grandfather had while watching him try to find his own way in life. Charlie wanted to be a tramp, reminding me of the Andy Griffith episode when Opie decided he wanted to run away. Andy allowed him to go, trusting that he had taught him everything he needed to know, and Opie returned home.
Proverbs 22:6 says Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Charlie’s parents did a great job of trusting themselves, and how they were raising Charlie. The truth is, while Samoo enjoyed the pictures, and the story, I am the one who really learned the lesson. Charlie the Tramp was not written with any biblical reference, but the lesson from Proverbs 22:6 was there. It served as a reminder that Chad and I are doing our best to raise our children to live their lives in order to please God, but they are still independent beings. They will try to make their own ways in life, but they will always know the Truth.
From the Publisher
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.”
An American classic is back in a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition.
Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968.
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.
Plough editor Sam Hine says, “As a parent of young children I’ve rarely found new books of this quality. So, like many other parents, I find myself returning to the books of my own childhood. Among these Charlie the Tramp was a hands-down favorite. We’re thrilled to acquire the rights to this timeless classic and make it available to a third generation.”
Thanks to a giveaway sponsored by Propeller Consulting, LLC, this classic storybook can be on the bookshelf of a child you love! There is one copy available for a reader of my blog. You just need to leave a comment and tell me the title of your favorite childhood book, and why it was your favorite. (You know, because that will give me ideas for my children’s bookshelf! Ha!)
“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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- The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada ages 18 and older.
- The giveaway ends on Monday, 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm CST.
- To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering the question above.
- Only one comment per household.
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If you’d rather grab a quick copy to have in time to put under the Christmas Tree, check out these links.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/short-stories/charlie-the-tramp