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

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!

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.”

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.


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