Sunday, June 28, 2009

Children's Book Monday

Tim and Lucy Go to Sea
by Edward Ardizzone

Apparently, there are eleven of these Tim and Lucy treasures; to think, I knew nothing of their existence before this last week! We've devoured it thrice upon arriving home from the library, and now have the rest of the series on hold to pick up when we return.

I'm hard-pressed to choose just one feature of this dear book that I love the most. Is it the artwork? The soft watercolor and ink lines add vivid life to the story.

Is it the dialogue? (When Lucy spies a young boy with his belongings hanging from a stick over his shoulder): "Hallo, boy!" she said. "Where are you going and what is your name?"
"My name is Tim," answered the boy, "I am a sailor, and I have been shipwrecked. I am now looking for another ship."

Is it the enchanting way the story unfolds, unbelievable to this grown-up mind but absolutely thrilling to the younger set? When Mr. Grimes hears Lucy and Tim's proposition to buy a steam yacht, he is immediately "delighted with the idea!" and they're off to look for a yacht at once.

Is it the delightful, hand lettered word bubbles that are peppered here and there throughout the book? "Are you better now you're up, Mrs. Smawley?" "Worse, sir, worse."

It is all of these things, yes, but most of all, it is the way my little ones' eyes dance, mouths form an "o", and imaginations soar when we read this book together.

I cannot wait to read the rest. For you, perhaps you can start at the beginning, with Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain. That's where we'll be next - see you there!

Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
Tim and Lucy Go to Sea
Tim to the Rescue
Tim and Charlotte
Tim in Danger
Tim All Alone
Tim's Friend Towser
Tim and Ginger
Tim to the Lighthouse
Ship's Cook Ginger
Tim's Last Voyage

Happy Reading!

5 fellow travelers shared:

Linda said...

I have such fond memories of reading to my children. They are grown, with children of their own now - and the time spent reading together holds such a special place in my heart.
They sound like wonderful books.

Stacy said...

Can't wait to discover these with my crew! I've just held a couple at our library.

Thank you, Elise, for these Children's Book Monday posts. We love all the books you love. :)

~nanashouse~ said...

Must reads! Let's just hope my little town library has at least one :-)

Kristin said...

Just put one on hold...

Anna said...


I've never heard of this series, but it looks great! I've requested a bunch of them on my interlibrary loan. :) We just discovered Edward Ardizzone by way of the book "Johnny the Clockmaker". I think it's out of print, but you can probably find it at your library. I think your children would like it.

Thanks for sharing this set with us! :)


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