When I was a child I just loved Bread and Jam for Frances (all the other tales of Frances too really) and so when I saw there was a new book out by the very same authors, I was SO excited! This is one to that I must have for our library!
In celebration of their 50th anniversary, Charlie the Tramp is this lovely hardback edition! Originally written in 1966 by Russell Hoban, winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968, Charlie is the cutest little beaver who aspires to be a “tramp.” Beavers work hard; they always have much to do. But as a tramp Charlie could be free to explore and just have fun all of his days. But when he is tested, will he choose the work that a beaver must do?
This is such a beautifully written story; a great lesson on the value of hard work. An example, throughout, of what it means to be family. Strong and supportive in every season showing love to one another. In so many ways this is an inspiration as to how a family ought to be.
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 our own children!
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.
It is classic tales like that which bring families together; books that have characters we can relate to; messages which help us to grow and become stronger in character. And timeless virtues all together with gentle images that make these characters dear friends to our children as they grow.