Swallows and Amazons is a masterpiece of children's literature, written by author Arthur Ransome and the winner of the inaugural Carnegie Medal in 193..Show More »7.
Set back in the time before overwhelming and constricting parental protection became practice, this book is about four children on their Summer holidays sailing on a Lake in the English Lake's District. With parents and other responsible adults far away, they engage in adventures in the sailing dinghy 'Swallow'. While sailing around this lake they make-believe a world of exploration where they are the explorers mapping the Lake. On their journeys they meet the Amazon Pirates, establish an explorer's camp on Wild Cat Island, fight a war and sail in the dead of night.
This book is the first of a series of 12 books that take place on the Lake, the Norfolk Broads, and on the high seas and have capture the imagination of many children since their first publication in the 1930-50s.
This book is perfect for children to read or have read to them and conveys the innocence of childhood imagination and adventure in such a way that many children would love to have a holiday such as this.
Another cliff hanging story of the swallow's friends. To anyone looking for a story to pass the time; check out the rest of the Swallows and Amazons s..Show More »tories!! They are here to blow your mind!!
Alison Larkin has a pleasant voice, her reading is nicely paced and she is able to capture a flavour of the north-country accents. This all makes for ..Show More »easy listening while avoiding any hint of monotony. Having owned and loved the Ransome books for 50 years hearing them read to me has been a real treat! Pigeon Post is one of my favourites. Thank you Alison.
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 r..Show More »eal, 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.
From reviews I read I thought this book would be a "Boxcar Children" or "Nobody's Girl" type story, with the children living on their own for the summ..Show More »er and devising ways to survive. That was always my favorite type of story as a child. However, I was so disappointed with the book that I never finished it. The characters were flat, their adventures dull, too many descriptions of boring things. It just didn't satisfy.
Alison Larkin has a pleasant voice, her reading is nicely paced and she is able to capture a flavour of the north-country accents. This all makes for ..Show More »easy listening while avoiding any hint of monotony. Having owned and loved the Ransome books for 50 years hearing them read to me has been a real treat! The Picts and the Martyrs is one of my favourites. Thank you Alison.