About the Book and Author: http://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/short-stories/charlie-the-tramp

Great quote: “That is how men are,” said mother. “They all want to be tramps.”

Charlie is a young beaver who has glamorized and idealized the life of a tramp. He decides that rather than growing up to be a responsible working beaver he would rather live the carefree life of a tramp. Once his grandfather hears the terrible news he returns his quarter ( a gift intended for Charlie) to his pocket. Father, mother, and grandfather say goodbye as they permit Charlie to experience a tramp’s life.

The tramp life worked out very well for Charlie until his sleep was interrupted by a strange noise. Like most boys, Charlie was curious, but he also recognized that something needed to be done about the noise. And we know that most boys enjoy fixing things. Without even realizing that his life as a tramp would cease, Charlie diligently built a dam. “Tramps don’t have to learn how to build dams,” Charlie had said a day earlier.  Yet Charlie built a dam,  brushed his teeth, and oiled his fur.

Charlie the Tramp is a book about a boys life. Growing up boys experience grandiose ideas about life and work. Boys will get dirty, create, imagine, and fix things; it’s what boys do. In their minds there is nothing unusual about wanting to be a police officer one day and a truck driver the next, or a tramp. I love how Russell relays the mind of a child, specifically a boy. I love how Russell integrates common items such as telephone poles, fig newtons, and good and plenties into the beaver world. Keep reading, and encourage all of the young people in your life to read, start by sharing this book!

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