- Paperback: 351 pages
- Publisher: David R Godine (1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087923573X
- ISBN-13: 978-0879235734
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Swallows and Amazons Paperback – 1994
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Top Customer Reviews
Amazons at a library booksale - even before they were
republished! Don't let the title fool you - Swallows and
Amazons are two groups of siblings. One group has a boat
called Swallow.The other group has a boat called Amazon.
The Swallows and Amazons start out enemies, but become
friends rapidly. Their adventures are similar to what I have
often dreamed of - getting a boat and having adventures on
and around an island!But their adventures are not limited to
the island, they evenvisit "the natives" back home. What's
best about their adventures is that all of them are possible!
They don't do impossible things like ride on drangons or
become invisible. Their adventures really could happen! I
loved this book from the start, and have read it again and
again. I would also reccomend the other books in this series.
They are all super, and will become treasures to pass on to
later generations. Thank you, Mr. Ransome, for writing such
a wonderful book!
As a child, I was a great explorer, going all over the local landscape, giving names to the different topographical features. I loved to camp and ramble. I loved boating, although I never sailed, and a picnic on an island in the river nearby (and a chance to explore said island on my own while everyone else was fishing) was a joy I'll never forget.
This book, and the others in the series, recapture those happy days for me. This one is very innocent, with no real violence or menace, but full of joyful adventure. The children are great role models; they're feisty and independent, yet still respectful of their elders. They're imaginative but know when to set aside their fantasies and deal with realities.
The book also conveys the joy of adventure and the great outdoors, and also shows that everyone has something important to contribute. Sure, one member of the group might be more interested in cooking and provisions, but that's necessary.
The adults take a back seat in these books, generally, but they're there. This one, especially, can be seen as a test by the parents to see how responsible their children are, and it's implicit that the kids are doing their best to prove themselves to their parents. The parents don't neglect them, they're there if they're needed, and check up on them regularly, but they also give them space to ramble and have an adventure.
Today it may seem as if these parents are letting their kids run wild; but I think families today could use books like this. When you have kids who are shuttled back and forth to band practice and swim team and heaven knows what else, they need the time to just relax and let things happen.Read more ›
Not that this was ever Ransome's intention, of course. He was simply drawing upon his own boyhood experiences (from a yet earlier time) as well as contemporary ones of the children of a family friend. He used these to weave an enchanting tale that would remind those same children (by then returned `home' to the deserts of the Middle East) of a happy summer spent sailing in England.
The story's strong basis in reality (albeit several separate realities, as it were), tempered with Ransome's love of sailing (and his knowledge of Lake District life), imbue the book with a strong sense of authority. Both the text and the author's own pen-and-ink illustrations also have an endearing charm that comes across even now, some 70 years after the book was first published. One of the great things about this book (and indeed, the whole series of books that was to follow) is that Ransome avoids most of the stereotypical treatments of children's roles that his contemporaries (as well as later authors) continually espoused. He always manages to treat (nearly!) all of his characters as equal partners in their activities, whatever their age, gender or background.Read more ›
Budding anglophile children who love the English details of the Harry Potter books or the Narnia Chronicles should love the depiction of these children. (Although there is no magic in Ransome's series of books other than the ordinary magic of childhood.) It would also be an excellent choice for children who love nature or are learning to sail. I imagine it would be equally well-loved by both boys and girls. The illustrations are charming and in some of the books the diagrams of boats are quite detailed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best stories ever told. The whole series is excellent; it gets progressively more sophisticated. This first volume is probably best for around 8-10 year old children.Published 2 days ago by HWGNY
My nine-year-old daughter has been reading and rereading this novel -- she likes it a lot. I found it enjoyable as well. Might give helicopter parents nightmares though...Published 16 days ago by hdvorak
Been a fan of this series for more than 40 years; my Dad introduced me to them when I was in grade school. Read morePublished 21 days ago by P. Munson-siter
If you're not familiar with Arthur Ransome, just Google the name to see how big his fan group is. These books (Swallows and Amazons is the first in the series) were written about... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sooraj
A classic novel, the title of this book does not give much away about the real story, in fact the Swallows and Amazons are two groups of siblings, and much of the story is set on... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J Neville
I read this when I was a youngster, and it has not lost anything with time. Bravo!Published 6 months ago by Christopher Wick
all 10 to 12 year olds must read this, to give them a sense of adventure and wonder in the world at largePublished 7 months ago by Ditch