As in all of Ransome's books, the emphasis is on self-reliance, courage, and resourcefulness. We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea is a story to warm any mariner's heart. Full of nautical lore and adventure, it will appeal to young armchair sailors and seasoned sailors alike.
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In this book the four Walker children move from the half-imaginary adventures they enjoyed in SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS and its sequals, to coping with a real, life-threatening emergency: they're alone in a small but sea-worthy craft on the open sea, at night in a high wind. To survive, they draw on all their experience and reading, and especially the boating and life skills they've learned from their adventurous Australian mother and their British naval officer father. They take responsibility, care about each other, and work together. An enjoyable, well-written, well-read book.
There is, however, a bit of a culture gap that may need explaining to children listening to the book, or they'll think the story is more far-fetched than it was in its own time. Today, five children would be considered a large family. When the book was written, five wasn't unusual. Children were also given more responsibility than today, and, correspondingly, more independence.
Unfortunately I couldn't get the print version unless by mail order. The audio version of all of the books in the series is awesome!
Definitely! I generally listen to audio books on long drives but I had this on all the time.
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