Wednesday, November 30, 2016

CHARLIE THE TRAMP

** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This post is in my own words.**











A Brief Intro to Book:

I would like to start out by telling you that this is the perfect book for the young adult.  I actually had given this book to my daughter which is 12 years old.  I really loved how the story was written and the flow of the words really went together.  My daughter, Stephanie really loved the story.  She liked how they kept the story going without having any dull or boring parts.

Description of 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.” Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968.

My Opinion of the Book:

This really is a charming little story with a great message about work ethic, family and independence. But, as a fifty-year-old book,  Charlie The Tramp is a terrific story about a beaver (Charlie) who wants to pursue his boyhood dream of becoming a tramp. He says that tramps just tramp around all day, enjoy the good life, and sleep in fields with daisies (or in a barn if it rains). His parents are haltingly indulgent of his dream, while his grandfather harrumphs around with "That's what it's like these days... little beavers want to be tramps..." comments. He eventually "comes of age" one night as a trickling stream keeps him awake and he spends the night building a dam. The next day as his parents are looking for him they find the dam/pond. They wonder who built it and comment that it looks like the sort of pond that Charlie's father would make... only he is certain that he didn't make it. Charlie wakes up and says that he made it and is heartily congratulated for a fine job of building a dam. Even grandfather admits "That's the way things are these days... more and more tramps become beavers." There is some gender stereotyping (mother races home to make flapjacks for all) but other than that, it is a quality children's book. There is a strong family message and asserts that children should be allowed to chase their dreams. For if they were given the proper guidance in their childhood, they will make good choices and do the proper thing.

Sneak Peek (piece of the book):

This easy-going life continues on for a few days. Then, one day, Charlie hears a sound and investigates. He finds trickling water in a nearby stream.


What does he do?

 Does he go on his merry way? 

Does he do beaver work and build a dam in the water?
 Hmmm...

Guess you'll have to read the book to find out! 

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