Think back...maybe way back...and tell me, do you remember Frances? I don't remember a ton about the adorable little badger, but I do remember her desperately liking bread and jam, and I remember when she had a new baby sister and when she ended up running away. (It didn't work out that great.) There were several Frances books and each one was cuter than the last. I have since checked them all out from the library for MY kids to enjoy.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Russell and Lillian Hoban were the authors of a cute critter other than Frances! Meet Charlie, an adorable little beaver who decides that, instead of being a beaver, he wants to be a "tramp" when he grow up.
Charlie decides that being a beaver is just way too much work...he doesn't want to practice swimming, diving and holding his breath under water. He doesn't want to keep his teeth sharp. As tramp he can carry a little bundle with a stick, sleep outside when the weather is nice, and do little odd jobs for a meal... Well, of course his parents are concerned, because surely Charlie doesn't want to be a tramp? But, he does, so with his parents blessing, Charlie goes off a-tramping.
I won't tell you about his adventures as a tramp or what he decides to do...you'll just have to read the book to find out! It is a cute story with a happy ending.
Originally published in 1966, Charlie the Tramp is in it's 50th Anniversary hardcover edition. As a Charlotte Mason homeschooler I have to say that this book fits the bill as a non-twaddly, early reader. Just perfect for reading aloud or the emerging readers in your family!
You can purchase Charlie the Tramp from your favorite retailer!
I have also been blessed with a second copy of Charlie the Tramp to giveaway to one reader of Swinging on Small Hinges! Enter below! Raffle ends December 8th at midnight.
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