Tim to the Rescue

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Bored with his schoolwork, Tim was longing to be at sea again, when who should appear but his great friend, Captain McFee, the old sea captain. Soon Tim was on his way to new adventures on the salty main, including a mighty storm and a daring rescue.

First published between 1936 and 1977, Edward Ardizzone's classic Little Tim books have been loved by generations of children for their spirited adventures and totally matter-of-fact telling by a storyteller who spoke straight to ...

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Overview

Bored with his schoolwork, Tim was longing to be at sea again, when who should appear but his great friend, Captain McFee, the old sea captain. Soon Tim was on his way to new adventures on the salty main, including a mighty storm and a daring rescue.

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

Having gone back to sea as second ship's boy, Tim befriends Ginger, the first ship's boy, and rescues him during a great 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
When Tim's friend Captain McFee, the old sea captain, bought a new ship, he came straightaway to Tim's home to invite him to come along on a voyage as the second ship's boy. Tim's parents gave in to his pleading and Tim happily boarded the boat, only to be met by Ginger, the surly first ship's boy. Tim refused to be bullied and mostly ignored Ginger's barbs. The trip started well. All was quiet and smooth, so Tim taught Ginger to read and write. He also taught lessons to some of the sailors. One day the defiant Ginger shook some of the Third Mate's hair restorer on his head. His hair immediately grew down his back. The barber tried to cut the growing locks to no avail. Ginger became very self-conscious and was, thus, hiding in a lifeboat when a huge storm hit. Tim was the only member of the crew to notice that Ginger was missing when they all gathered in the galley. He put on his rain gear and arrived just in time to grab Ginger by the hair as he was beginning to sink into the ocean. Of course, Tim was a hero. His parents invited the orphaned Ginger to become part of their family and all ended well. This reissue of Ardizzone's classic story of young Tim and his exciting sea adventure remains true to the original publication. Black-and-white illustrations with lots of crosshatching alternate with pictures colored in muted tones of mostly yellows and blues. The language is old fashioned and British. A nice historical piece. 2006 (orig. 1949), Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Ages 5 to 9.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845074586
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/12/2006
  • Series: Little Tim Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.50 (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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