The Return of a Classic – Charlie the Tramp
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I have found a wonderful story about a little beaver. In Charlie the Tramp, Charlie the beaver has decided he wants to be a tramp. Why??
“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.”
In Charlie the Tramp, Charlie’s parents are very smart, and they let him go and do his tramping. Charlie’s mom tells him to just be sure to come home to eat breakfast. While sleeping in a field at night, something wakes Charlie, and he just can’t figure out what it is. Can he resist stopping the sound of water trickling in the stream? I love Grandfather Beavers observation that, “You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver.”
This is a sweet story about coming of age, and growing up. It reminds me of my little brother, and a couple of my children, who decided they wanted to be their own person. Even though we may not want to, there is something down inside us, that grows us up. Charlie finds this out with the help of his parents, and his Grandfather.
The Author and Illustrator
The author of Charlie the Tramp, Russell Hoban (1925-2011) first became famous for his children’s picture books, Bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, and Emmet Otters Jug-Band Christmas. Hoban’s books are all about animals that are much like children we all know.
The illustrator is Lillian Hoban (1925-1998). Wife of Russell Hoban, she is best known for a young chimpanzee named Arthur and his little sister Violet, as well as illustrating her husbands books about Frances. After having children, she began to write and illustrate her own stories basing her tales on their experiences.
If you have children, this 50th Anniversary hard cover edition of Charlie the Tramp is sure to become a favorite in your home, as it has in so many other children’s libraries. Go enter to win your own copy!