Title: Swallows and Amazons
Author: Arthur Ransome
Genre: Children’s, Adventure
John, Susan, Titty and Roger sail their boat, Swallow, to a deserted island for a summer camping trip. Exploring and playing sailors is an adventure in itself but the island holds more excitement in store. Two fierce Amazon Pirates, Nancy and Peggy, challenge them to war and a summer of battles and alliances ensues.
The Swallows and the amazons is the first in a series of books following the adventures of 4 siblings: John, Susan, Titty and Roger Walker who sail a small dinghy called ‘Swallows;’ and two sisters: Nancy and Peggy Blackett who sail on ‘Amazons,’ later books add different groups of children. Their common enemy is Captain Flint aka Uncle John who lives in a houseboat and just wants to be left alone to write his book. Instead his pesky nieces and the Walker children declare war on him.
Written in the 1930s this classic book demonstrates how children coped before TV and computers came along. You see all children are born with this wonderful built-in ‘application’ called imagination. By accessing their imagination the Walker and Blackett children transform dreary reality into a wonderful adventure.
Starting off as brave nautical adventurers, The Walker mob set up camp on an island in the middle of the lake. The Blackett girls have already camped on the island so claim ownership of it, they are female warriors in their imaginary world – but everyone becomes ‘pirates’ when they decide to do a friendly battle over which ‘ship’ is going to be the flagship. Once the war is over they become allies to do battle with the bad-tempered houseboat owner, Captain Flint. It is such a wonderful book to read and brought back many memories of the wonderful imaginary adventures my friends and I had back before TV and Computers took over our lives, and yes that probably DOES age me!
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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