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.”
An American classic is back in a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition.
Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968.
About the Illustrator
Lillian Hoban (1925-1998), one of America’s favorite children’s book illustrators, is best known for a young chimpanzee named Arthur and his little sister, Violet. She also illustrated six of Russell Hoban’s books about Frances the badger, which have taken their place among the great classics of children’s literature. Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. She studied dance for ten years and became a professional dancer. She began to write and illustrate her own stories only after having children, basing her tales on their experiences.
Charlie learns he has the right to make up his own mind as his parents give him the freedom to do so. He learns, after setting out on his own, that being who he was supposed to be wasn't so bad after all. This hardcover book is geared toward children ages 3-8 but would appeal to all ages. Each drawing has a whimsical nature that children will love.
Despite Charlie's big plans, he does go adventuring -- just not very far. Everyone is willing to give him some freedom and it works out well. Share this cute, classic tale with your child. It’s a good opportunity to talk about what their talents are or what they would like to be. Celebrate life!