Winter Holiday

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The fourth book in Arthur Ransome's classic series for children, winter holiday takes intrepid explorers John, Susan, Titty, and Roger Walker, and fearsome Amazon pirates Nancy and Peggy Blackett to the North Pole. Joined by budding novelist Dorothea Callum and her scientist brother Dick, the children plan an "Arctic" expedition. But unforeseen events separate the travelers and disaster nearly strikes in the exciting climax of their race to the Pole.

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Overview

The fourth book in Arthur Ransome's classic series for children, winter holiday takes intrepid explorers John, Susan, Titty, and Roger Walker, and fearsome Amazon pirates Nancy and Peggy Blackett to the North Pole. Joined by budding novelist Dorothea Callum and her scientist brother Dick, the children plan an "Arctic" expedition. But unforeseen events separate the travelers and disaster nearly strikes in the exciting climax of their race to the Pole.

Follows the adventures of two groups of children who spend a winter holiday by a great lake next to the mountains.

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“There is plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating.” –TLS

“He makes a tale of adventure a handbook to adventure.” –Observer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567924886
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2014
  • Pages: 335
  • Sales rank: 1,086,950
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.13 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Ransome was born in 1884. He was in Russia in 1917 and witnessed the Revolution, which he reported for the Manchester Guardian. After escaping to Scandinavia, he settled in the Lake District of England with his Russian wife where, in 1929, he wrote Swallows and Amazons. Thus began a writing career that has produced some of the best children s literature of all time.

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Table of Contents

I Strangers 17
II Signalling to Mars 29
III Strangers No More 39
IV The Igloo 48
V Skating and the Alphabet 60
VI Snow 76
VII Arctic Voyage 88
VIII Lost Leader 99
IX Quarantine 110
X Doing Without Nancy 119
XI Cragfast Sheep 130
XII Ambulance Work 143
XIII To Spitzbergen by Ice 155
XIV Nancy Takes a Hand 171
XV Days in the Fram 182
XVI Sailing Sledge 191
XVII Nancy Sends a Picture 201
XVIII The Fram at Night 211
XIX The D.'s Take Charge 224
XX Captain Nancy Gets Two Bits of News 236
XXI Captain Flint Comes Home 242
XXII Next Morning 256
XXIII The Uses of an Uncle 264
XXIV Flag at Beckfoot 275
XXV Council in the Fram 291
XXVI The North Pole 306
XXVII To the Rescue 322
XXVIII Arctic Night 332
XXIX And Afterwards 344
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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Wintertime Fun with the Swallows & Amazons

    This is one of my favorite of Arthur Ransome's classic children's books, in spite of the fact that no true sailing takes place in it. As we follow the adventures of the Walkers and Blacketts during the winter vacation, we are introduced to two new characters (Dick and Dorothea) that will become major players in later books.

    "Winter Holiday" is, in my opinion, the most educational of all Ransome's children's books. Not only do we receive an education in semaphore and flag signals, livestock rescue, and ice house construction, but also in rudimentary ice-boat construction & handling, common-sense winter weather survival, and even a bit of astronomy. All this info given in a most engaging manner, and Ransome thus leads readers to try these skills for themselves.

    (As an aside, I don't know why the heading for this book is listed as "Vol. 7"; it is actually the fourth in the series.)

    Highly recommended for all readers aged 9 and up.

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