It is the wholesome story of four young children, John, Susan, Titty and Roger, who set out in their boat (the Swallow of the title) to an island of adventure.

This contributes strongly to the series' air of authenticity.

Exotic to the point of being alien.

This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. I am now onto the second volume, Swallowdale, which is equally wonderful: perhaps more so for me as I am not a sailor. Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2014.

For the 2020 holiday season, returnable items shipped between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2021. 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. The series begins with Swallows and Amazons, published in 1930. The whole novel is a mix of childhood delight in the power of imagination and the timeless appeal of the great outdoors. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Born in Leeds in 1884, it was his father, a nature-loving history professor, who inspired his love of the outdoors and nurtured a passion for fishing.

These are kids that are Competent. Still going strong and finding the books just as wonderful! This classic of English literature was read by most British children in the mid-twentieth century.

She sometimes acts as a surrogate mother. Try again. Swallows and Amazons is a classic because it captures the spirit of halcyon childhood but Arthur Ransome's writing is clearly of an earlier era. A second inconsistency is that while Bridget is only a year old in the first novel, she has aged about five years by the time of Secret Water. And hope that one day I might read it to grandchildren.

All characters age as the series goes on; the final book occurs three to four years after the first (see timeline below). Uncle Jim ends up apologizing for missing his nieces’ adventures all summer―thankfully, readers won’t miss a thing. For that reason alone I would recommend it to adults and I would like to think modern day children would embrace the spirit of adventure. I think a lot of its charm comes from the fact that this is not just a book written in the era of sailing boats and genuine global exploration, it is a book written from the child's perspective of these exciting things, thus romanticising it all the more. Dick considers himself a scientist, while Dorothea sees herself as a writer. The twelve books are set in the Interwar period and involve adventures by groups of children, mostly during the school holidays and mostly in England. It was great fun to read about the adventures these kids came up with and their idyllic lifestyle. It contributes to the tourist industry in the Lake District[2] and Norfolk Broads areas of England, where many of the books are set. However, what a feast for the imagination! He seems interested. I greatly look forward to the next few weeks of joy and innocence as I read all 12 volumes. The 2012 publication contains the original text and illustrations with a somewhat tacky cover. I love the way each of the children's thoughts are described, especially their perceptions about the various grownups' behaviour. Webb also illustrated Swallowdale, but Ransome decided that he would personally illustrate the third book, Peter Duck.

The simple line drawings were just wonderful; they gave the feeling of wide open spaces and freedom." Review "I absolutely loved this book as a boy….

by David R. Godine Publisher. The two following books set in the (Coot Club and The Big Six) are set in the Norfolk Broads, where they meet the Coot Club members: Tom Dudgeon; the twins, Port and Starboard; and Bill, Joe & Pete the three sons of boatbuilders: the Death and Glories. This book is somewhat magical - it takes you back to a time when not only childhood was more innocent and carefree but life and the world itself more wholesome and adventurous.

Parents will appreciate the metaphors and poetry of the book; young readers will love the idyllic adventure on a lake island in the last warm days of summer holidays in the North of England. I'm hoping to get my son to read it. Much fun. Overall, Swallows and Amazons is a dense book that over-describes its detail but at heart holds within it the glory of what childhood is supposed to be. The book is a relaxing, realistic fiction read though it is somewhat dated and rather slow-paced for readers from our fast-paced age of television, film, and technology.

Taqui Altounyan, the oldest of the children to whom the first edition of Swallows and Amazons was dedicated, recalls that "He shirked drawing faces and got over that difficulty with back views of shaggy heads of hair or hats". Inspired by the author's own real-life sailing adventures in the Lake District as a child, this enchanting story is accompanied by Ransome's simple but characterful black and white illustrations. Approved third parties also use these tools in connection with our display of ads. Swallows and Amazons Series Collection Series 4 Books (Winter Holiday, Peter Duck, Swallowdale, Swallows and Amazons), Swallows And Amazons by Ransome, Arthur (April 5, 2001) Paperback, 100 Best Poems for Children (Puffin Poetry).

Dick and Dorothea are the intellectuals of the group, Dick in matters of science, Dorothea in the arts. Very well written, with incredible detail about the characters, the boats and the terrain. Originally published in the UK over a half-century ago, these books are still eagerly read by children, despite their length and their decidedly British protagonists.

It was a good review, too, nicely scathing about the tedium and the kids playing with matches and ending with a reference to, This is a superficially simple tale about four siblings spending a week camping on a small island. Nancy — who does not use her baptismal name of Ruth because her uncle has said that pirates are supposed to be ruthless — is a strong character who would probably be considered a tomboy. A few years later, I got the full thing from the library, and was hooked. Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons stories begin with this first book, a delightful evocation of a wonderful summer of adventure, discovery and friendship. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. Your review has been submitted successfully, thank you. It also inspired me to find out more about him: what a fascinating life he led.

Want to encourage young readers to keep up their reading habits? The final published works, however, are presented simply as continuing adventures in the series, though different in a number of ways. Start by marking “Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Arthur Ransome died in June 1967 and is buried at Rusland in the Lake District. What a joy. Two books, Peter Duck and Missee Lee, and possibly also Great Northern?, are metafictional, being fictional stories of the protagonists' voyages to exotic lands, as imagined by the fictional protagonists. This story was my favourite right from age five when I could read it properly myself. In 1902, Ransome abandoned a chemistry degree to become a publisher's office boy in London. It is a terrific call to the imagination and exploration of and outward-bounding childhood. Pretty much every installment of Arthur Ransome's outstanding series is well worth reading. especially for children who love the thought of adventure without their parents, Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2017, While "Swallows and Amazons" was written in the 1930s that doesn't mean there isn't a lot here, especially for children who love the thought of adventure without their parents. Both books are described on their title pages as "based on information supplied by the Swallows and Amazons", a description which is absent from the rest of the books in the series. I'm sure if I had read it as a child myself I would have loved the concept. Please try again. It was great fun to read about the adventures these kids came up with and their idyllic lifestyle. She noted the children's "vivid collective imagination which turned play into serious business" (hunting a gold mine on the moors) and observed, "It is the portrayal of this spirit which makes play a matter of desperate yet enjoyable earnestness which gives their distinctive stamp to Mr. Ransome's books.

There is a good reason this is considered a classic and it is the kind of gentle adventure a young reader or audience can enjoy without trouble. I'm sure if I had read it as a child myself I would have loved the concept. She often imagines her own adventures and becomes a hero in the novels, such as when she wins the war in Swallows and Amazons or finds an underground spring in Pigeon Post. The first book, Swallows and Amazons, and four sequels — Swallowdale, Winter Holiday, Pigeon Post and The Picts and the Martyrs — are set in and around an unnamed lake in the English Lake District. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon.

Unable to add item to List. We went to Botley camp in Somerset and there must of been 80 children from different schools and only 6 teachers to look after us. Take a look at our pick of the best books for 9-11 year olds from the last 100 years. Child rearing seems to have been very different at the beginning of the previous century where young children are allowed to sail to rocky island alone and spend the days camping relatively unsupervised.

After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Having recently dabbled in nostalgia and re-read Arthur Ransome’s ‘Winter Holiday’ and ‘Pigeon Post’ I suppose it was almost inevitable that I would find myself embarking on ‘Swallows and Amazons’ for the first time in some forty years. But they soon find themselves under attack from the Amazon pirates, Nancy and Peggy. The final complete book, Great Northern? Do you mean a goodreads friend?

It is a terrific call to the imagination and exploration of and outward-bounding childhood. Ellen Lewis Buell welcomed the latest work in the six-year-old series that had firmly established "a special niche in juvenile literature". There was an error submitting review. Sold by ALTUNDAS02 and ships from Amazon Fulfillment.

As a child he enjoyed active, outdoor holidays: sailing, camping and exploring the countryside. B. Lippincott & Co. of Philadelphia published the first U.S. edition. Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2018. Please try again. Please try again. Coots in the North also begins in the Broads before moving to the lake in the north. They are mature and resourceful in ways that are believable for their ages, and sometimes make mistakes. Sorry, there was a problem saving your cookie preferences. I purchased for someone who is new to sailing. Generally, the geography of the lake resembles Windermere (though Wild Cat Island has a number of important elements from Peel Island on Coniston Water) while the fells and hills surrounding it more closely resemble the area around Coniston. "The New Books for Boys and Girls", Ellen Buell Lewis, The Picts and the Martyrs: or Not Welcome At All, Swallows and Amazons information and news website, Glossary of nautical terms, Further reading,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 31 October 2020, at 23:24.

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