Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain

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Little Tim lived in a house by the sea. He wanted very much to be a sailor, but his parents said he was much too young and must wait for years and years, until he was grown up. So when Tim got a chance to stow away on a steamer, of course he jumped at it, little expecting the hard work, the stormy sea, and the sinking ship to come!

First published between 1936 and 1977, Edward Ardizzone's Little Tim books have been loved by generations of children for their spirited adventures ...

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Overview

Little Tim lived in a house by the sea. He wanted very much to be a sailor, but his parents said he was much too young and must wait for years and years, until he was grown up. So when Tim got a chance to stow away on a steamer, of course he jumped at it, little expecting the hard work, the stormy sea, and the sinking ship to come!

First published between 1936 and 1977, Edward Ardizzone's Little Tim books have been loved by generations of children for their spirited adventures and totally matter-of-fact tellings by a storyteller who spoke straight to children's imaginations. As Maurice Sendak has said, "The opening lines of the very first story were a droll Ishmael-like call to adventure that gave great promise of wonderful things to come."

We are proud to bring Little Tim to a new generation of readers.

Author Biography:

Edward Ardizzone was born on October 16, 1900, the eldest of five children. In 1905 his family moved to Ipswich, England, where they lived until Ardizzone was fourteen. He later wrote that "it was here that I learnt to know and love the little coastal steamers that I have drawn so often in the Tim books."

The beloved illustrator of more than 170 books, Mr. Ardizzone was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1956 and the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1971. The adventures of Tim are firm favorites with readers young and old throughout the world. Mr. Ardizzone died in 1979.

Follows the adventures of a stowaway boy, including his friendship with captain and crew and near shipwreck during a violent storm.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845074562
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: Little Tim Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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.

Comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry was born in 1957 in London and brought up in Norfolk. He attended Queen's College Cambridge from 1979, joining the Cambridge Footlights Dramatic Club where he met Hugh Laurie, with whom he forged a highly successful creative partnership. He also trod the boards with the likes of Emma Thompson and Tony Slattery in the Footlights. Critical acclaim was followed by popular appeal with the move to television. Memorable outings 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 highly successful unabridged audiobook edtions. He has written for television and screen, and as a newspaper columnist - for the Literary Review, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. Stephen Fry's four novels are The Liar, The Hippopotamus, Making History and The Stars' Tennis Balls. He has also published Moab is My Washpot - an autobiography; and Rescuing the Spectacled Bear - his diary of the making of a documentary on the plight of the spectacled bears of Peru. His latest book is Stephen Fry in America.

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