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Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
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Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain

by Edward Ardizzone
 

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Little Tim lives by the sea. Two of his best buddies, the old boatman and Captain McFee, spin such exciting yarns about the sailor's life that Tim's determined to cast away. But his parents insist he’s much too young. His break comes sooner than he thought when he’s accidentally-on-purpose left behind during a visit to a steamer. Little did he expect to

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Little Tim lives by the sea. Two of his best buddies, the old boatman and Captain McFee, spin such exciting yarns about the sailor's life that Tim's determined to cast away. But his parents insist he’s much too young. His break comes sooner than he thought when he’s accidentally-on-purpose left behind during a visit to a steamer. Little did he expect to find hard work, a stormy sea, and a sinking ship!

First published in 1936, Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain features gorgeous watercolors and a lively story that have enthralled generations of readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Winner of the 1956 Kate Greenaway Medal, Edward Ardizzone published his books about sea-loving young Tim in the 1940s and 50s. Now Frances Lincoln brings a trio of Tim books back to print: Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain (1936), in which readers meet the young hero, who stows away on a boat and gets drafted into helping the crew; Captain McFee pays the boy a call in Tim to the Rescue (1949), and takes Tim aboard the "S.S. Fidelity of 3000 Tons" where he meets impish Ginger; and Tim and Lucy Go to Sea (1958), in which the hero and his pal Lucy go for a cruise on the Evangeline and help rescue some men on a raft only to find them trying to overtake the yacht. Delicate pen-and-inks alternate with full-color illustrations with watercolor wash. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
There are too few real adventure stories for the very young reader, so this reissue is a treat. Compared to many stories written today, this text is generally less cautious and the sentences tend to be more complex. One sentence is 47 words long and youngsters will probably hang on every word. Little Tim lived by the sea and yearned to be a sailor. He spent his days playing on the beach or visiting with his friends, the old boatman who taught him to tie knots and Captain McFee who regaled him with stories of ocean voyages. Tim's parents told him he must wait for years, until he was grown up, before he could be a sailor. Ah, but one fine day Tim managed to stow away on a steamer. When he was discovered, Tim was made to work for his passage. Tim had many adventures, some fine, others frightening, before he returned home to his parents who were happy to see him. There are no caveats in this book. The author assumed that youngsters are smart enough to understand that the story is a bit of a fantasy. 2000 (orig. 1936), Lothrop Lee & Shepard Books, Ages 5 to 8, $16.00. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
The New York Times Book Review - Maria Russo
Few if any children's series published in the 1930s hold up as well as the delightful, gorgeously illustrated Little Tim books, which read like the just-this-side-of-fantastical adventures of the original free-range child.
From the Publisher

The timeless story will delight yet another generation of children.

This is pure escapism and it is refreshing to find a book of such quality surviving and succeeding through generations of readers but still being published today amongst the buzz and fizz of novelty books

These books have really come back to life for children today. Rightly so.

The timeless story will delight yet another generation of children.

These books have really come back to life for children today. Rightly so.

School Library Journal
02/01/2016
K-Gr 2—These four newly reissued works in Ardizzone's "Little Tim" series clearly show why certain titles remain classics over time. Spanning from 1936 with the publication of Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain to 1962 with Tim's Friend Towser, these charmingly traditional tales, illustrated delicately with pen and ink and soft washes of watercolor, follow the adventures of a young wannabe sailor. From stowing away aboard a steamer to rescuing a cat from a burning ship, Tim almost always winds up in some sort of trouble on the high seas—though all's well by the last page. Tim All Alone, which finds the youngster working as a cabin boy while searching for his missing parents along the seaboard, won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1956. Modern adult readers may balk at the idea of a knee-high child embarking on dangerous excursions sans parents, but kids will embrace Tim's admirable independence and intrepid spirit.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845074562
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Little Tim Series
Edition description:
New
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Edward Ardizzone was the eldest of five children. In 1905 his family moved to Ipswich, where he learnt to know and love the little coastal steamers that he was to draw so often in the Little Tim books. Illustrator of more than 170 much-loved children's books, Edward Ardizzone was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1956 and the CBE in 1971. He died in 1979.Stephen Fry is a national treasure and was born in 1957 in London and brought up in Norfolk.Memorable television appearances included Blackadder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster. Big screen outings included Wilde, Gosford Park and Peter's Friends. He also read all of the Harry Potter books for the unabridged audiobook edtions.

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