Tim and Charlotteby Edward Ardizzone
Charlotte lives in a big house with lots of toys. Most little girls would be happy with so many toys, but not Charlotte! She wants to play with real friends and have real adventures. And on one dark and stormy day, Charlotte pops up literally in Tim and Ginger’s maritime world. Her adventures and a veritable sea of delightful troubles
Charlotte lives in a big house with lots of toys. Most little girls would be happy with so many toys, but not Charlotte! She wants to play with real friends and have real adventures. And on one dark and stormy day, Charlotte pops up literally in Tim and Ginger’s maritime world. Her adventures and a veritable sea of delightful troubles are just beginning. The Little Tim books have been cherished by readers young and old for their spirited adventures told by a storyteller who speaks straight to children's imaginations, and for their indelible portrait of life in a sleepy English coastal community.
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This is one of a very attractive series of books about a little English boy who loves to go to sea. Here Tim and his friend Ginger rescue an unconscious little girl, brought in by the tide. When she awakes in Tim's house she finds that she has lost her memory. They call her Charlotte and Tim's mother teaches her housework, which Charlotte enjoys. Her guardian, Aunt Agatha arrives, Charlotte regains her memory, and returns to her wealthy home with her guardian. There she is bored and eventually returns to live with Tim and his parents. When Tim's schoolmates tease him for having a girl friend he fights them. In the end Tim and Ginger entertain Charlotte with stories of their adventures and she never tires of listening to them. Although today's Charlotte might forsake housework and lead the boys in seafaring adventures, this book, first published in 1951, does accurately reflect the attitudes toward women at that time. Large type, uncrowded page layout with colorful and black and white illustrations and adventurous content make these books attractive to boys, and girls too, who are beginning to read independently. The reader also is treated to a glimpse of the English seacoast scene and life there. These are fantasy adventures. Enjoy!