Swallows and Amazons
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Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Children’s
Jul 31, 2018
Swallows and Amazons is the first in Arthur Ransome’s classic series of books about the children of the Walker family. In their initial appearance, the Walkers—John (the oldest, at twelve), Susan (ten), Titty (eight), and Roger (seven)—are summering with their mother in England’s Lake District, and the lakeland setting seems alive with the anticipation of a holiday. Adventure ensues when their friends' uncle's boat is burgled, but all comes right in the end, setting the stage for ten delightful sequels that similarly celebrate the resourcefulness of young people allowed to get their hands dirty as they master real skills—boating, camping, fishing, and the like—in a delightfully imagined but recognizable natural world.
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May 3, 2019
Led me to believe that children could be independent and have adventures without the prying eyes of parents. Even more relevant in the days of helicopter parenting.
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