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I love children's literature. When I was first married, I put several children's books on my Christmas list. Why? I wanted to start collecting before my children came. Little did I know that I would have a baby less than a year after getting married. When I was asked if I wanted to review Charlie the Tramp, I was thrilled. Of course, I'd love to review it.
Then I found out that Charlie the Tramp has been around for 50 years. It's an American classic is back in a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition. Written by the authors of Bread and Jam for Frances.
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.”
I thought this as a sweet story about a beaver who is seeking to be independent. His parents are willing to let him tramp along. Every morning he comes back for breakfast and does the jobs his parents give him, in exchange for eating his meals. When he discovered that the trickling sound he heard, as the sound of water, he could not sleep and set out to build a dam. While I was reading this book, my daughter asked, "What's a tramp?" As any "good" homeschool mom, I responded, "You'll look it up in the dictionary after the book is finished." My daughter now knows what the word tramp meant 50 years ago. My son has brought this book to me to read three times already, and knowing him, it will be many more times.
Have you read Charlie the Tramp? If so, what do you think of it?
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