November 30, 2016

Timeless Children's Classic Giveaway: Charlie the Tramp by Russell Hoban {50th Anniversary Hardcover}

Pin It


There's something really incredible about being able to share stories with our children that we had also enjoyed when we were their age. Some folks out there may remember the American classic, Charlie the Tramp. This is a precious coming of age story from Russell Hoban, the same author of Bread and Jam for Frances and The Marzipan Pig. Charlie the Tramp was just recently released in a brand new hardcover edition to celebrate it's 50th anniversary!



ABOUT THE 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.”

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 children we know – Bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, among others – and for a young adult novel, The Mouse and His Child. Hoban was born in Pennsylvania and served in World War II. He lived with his wife, Lillian Hoban, who illustrated many of his books, and their four children in Connecticut until 1969, when he moved to London. There he married Gundela Ahl and had three more children. In England, Hoban wrote acclaimed adult novels, including Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Riddley Walker.




In this day and age, being a tramp is not a particularly favorable way of life. In fact, I initially wasn't sure what to make of the title of this book, but once I read the story with my son, that soon changed. It's a really charming little tale that every child should definitely read. There's nothing like a timeless classic to really bring upon that feeling of nostalgia. 




Charlie is a little beaver who doesn't want to be like the rest of the beavers, chomping down trees and building damns. Instead, he has other plans–he wants to be a tramp. His mom and dad, although reluctant about his decision, are compliant and give Charlie the independence he needs to go carry out his tramping plans. How will things go for Charlie? Will he enjoy the lifestyle of a tramp and resist the natural urge to be a beaver? What will his ultimate calling be? You will have to read the book to find out for yourself.

The illustrations although shown as single color sketches, really do a wonderful job at bringing the story to life in a whimsical way. Although I personally never read this book as a child, the overall appearance is very reminiscent to a lot of books that I did own when I was little girl. In fact, I do vaguely remember reading Hoban's The Marzipan Pig, as a young child. 


What a special feeling to share this classic tale, that spans back a half a century ago, with my own child. In addition to being an overall precious story, children will receive a little lesson on independence, responsibility, and even self-discovery.

Interested in sharing the beauty of this timeless classic with your children? Not only can you find it at most major book retailers, but I'm offering readers a chance to win the book right here! One winner will receive the 50th anniversary hardcover of Charlie the Tramp.

BlogButton


a Rafflecopter giveaway


THANK YOU FOR ENTERING!



Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. This giveaway is only open to those who reside in the Continental United States. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. 






http://www.oureverydayharvest.com/p/privacy-policy-and-disclosure.html


Vote For Me @ The Top Mommy Blogs Directory Vote For Me @ The Top Mommy Blogs Directory
NEVER MISS AN UPDATE!
SIGN UP FOR DAILY EMAILS AND CONNECT WITH OUR EVERYDAY HARVEST: 

26 comments:

Dana Murphy said...

Bread and Jam for Francis is one of my favorite books from my childhood. I even have a copy I had as a little girl 45 years ago.

Marion Collins said...

This is a great giveaway for the holidays.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you for entering, Marion! :-)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

That's so great to hear! I bet you'd also really enjoy this one, Dana! :-)

allysmama said...

I remember reading this book as a child!

natosha said...

Terrific Giveaway. I adore books and this would add great memories for the holidays ☺

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thanks, Natosha! I'm so happy to have the opportunity to give readers the chance to win! :-)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

How neat! This was one that I somehow missed when I was a kid, but I do remember The Marzipan Pig from the same author.

Dana Lambert said...

This book is ADORABLE!! My kids would love it!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you for entering, Dana!! :-)

FIBERONE said...

I have not read this book, but would like to read it.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you for entering!

lfhpueblo said...

Talking about Tramps reminds me of a fall thing a Church I attended did instead of Halloween. They had a Fall Harvest Night for the kids and adults both. Everyone brought a canned vegetable and with it HOBO stew was made. One of the men would bring the meat (usually something one of the hunters in the Church had actually got). The kids went out on a Hayride while the stew was made and no one knew what it would taste like for sure until eating time, because no one planned ahead of time who'd be bringing what as far as the canned vegetables were concerned. Then the Preacher would read a story about a man that was a HOBO riding the rails (trains) looking for work and how he found Jesus Christ as his Savior one day traveling in a box car. The story went on how he kept riding the rails for many years sharing the plan of Salvation with others and his adventures and sometimes scary moments doing so. Not many HOBO's now riding the rails, going from town to town looking for work. Then the Church would sing songs, have the children play some games to win some little prizes of candy etc... I think this would be a fun book for little boys especially to read, but also for little girls that are kind of Tomboyish.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Wow! That sounds like an amazing night of fun and a great teaching moment for both adults and kids! What a great story that your pastor told! I would love for my family to attend an event like this one day. Thank you for sharing, Lauralee!

Oh, and I'm curious to hear how that Hobo Stew came out! :-D

lfhpueblo said...

Actually I didn't care for the Hobo Stew. The meat was Antelope, which wasn't awful, but there were canned tomatoes in the stew. I don't care for tomatoes in my stew. It reminded me more of a vegetable soup because no one brought canned potatoes and the broth ended up tasting like tomatoes. So not really my favorite stew, but I ate it, because a HOBO would have and would have been grateful to have it. Even a little stew can make you remember to be grateful to GOD for the things you have.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Antelope?! Wow, now that's one that I have yet to try! :-D

Even though the stew wasn't your favorite, it's nice that you saw the beauty in God's blessings. It sounds like the event was a wonderful reminder of how God may not always give us exactly what want each and every time, but he does gives us what we need and is sure to provide when we believe. Thank you, again, for sharing!

Sandra Watts said...

This would be a really nice book to read to my grand kids.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you for entering, Sandra! :-)

Martianne Stanger said...

This book looks super cute. I would love to read it with my children.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

It's a really cute story! Thanks for entering the giveaway, Martianne!

ColleenMarie said...

I love classic books, and I love to share them with my kids

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Same here, Colleen! :-)

princessdebbie1_2000 said...

I entered this giveaway for my granddaughters. However, I accidently hit enter before finishing my email address. My email address is princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)com Sorry about that.

Lesley F said...

Would love to read to my granddaughter

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you for entering, Lesley!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Hi Debbie, No worries! It looks like everything registered perfectly fine, but thanks for letting me know. I removed your email address from the comment, above, for privacy purposes. ;-)

Related Posts