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Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
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Dec 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 1001-children-s-books

I wish I'd found this book when I was a kid. I would have loved it. Instead I devoured Enid Blyton. Is it just me, or is the plot of Five on a Treasure Island eerily evocative of Swallows and Amazons? I'm hoping to get my son to read it. He seems interested. He's already been through the Enid Blyton stage. I think he'd like this tale of childhood adventure. It has a lot still for the new adult reader though. I loved the language of this book- I'm totally intrigued with the concept of pemmican, learning about pemmican alone was worth the time spent with the book for me. I loved the wholesomeness, of the story and the kids. These are kids that are Competent. They can sail boats, pitch tents, cook meals over an open fire, and generally survive two weeks of living on their own. And prove that they are not duffers by not drowning! It certainly is attractive to think that in the modern age of helicopter parenting that maybe childhoods like these still exist somewhere in the world. I sure hope so.

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