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READ Pigeon Post (Godine Storyteller) 109 Ú ‘Barbecued billygoats’Can you imagine finding gold That’s just what the Swallows and s and Dick and Dorothea decide to hunt for in the hills high above the lake But it’s a hot and dry summer and water is in scarce supply Worse still for the troubled campers they have competition Suashy Hat Anybody Arn all about homing pigeonsVintage Children’s Classics is a twenty first century classics list aimed at 8 12 year olds and the adults in their lives Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Tim. I found this book in Emily's room Do you remember it It is a lark These English kids on summer holiday go on crazy adventures with little or no parental supervision Little Roger wants to climb into an old collapsing mine shaft OK dear just be home in time for dinner etc In this one they mine for gold The part where they describe the inventions they make is actually pretty cool THese are old childrens books this one from 1936

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Ashy hats The children have never seen suashier Just who is he and what sort of traps is he laying Using pigeons to carry messages braving dangerous mines and fires the Swallows s and D’s Mining Company must stake their claim before their dreaded rivalIncludes exclusive material In ‘The Backstory’ you can test your knowledge of the book and le. Man do I love this book series This one was a particular favorite possibly the no sailing helped HA These books are perfect read alouds for my 8 year old They are so full of things to look up and talk about and learn about while still being so sweet and simple Books just aren't written like these any

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Pigeon Post Godine Storyteller‘Barbecued billygoats’Can you imagine finding gold That’s just what the Swallows and s and Dick and Dorothea decide to hunt for in the hills high above the lake But it’s a hot and dry summer and water is in scarce supply Worse still for the troubled campers they have competition Suashy Hat Anybody can see he is a prospector And talk about su. I knocked off a star because of the lack of sailing Which is probably a bit harshThese books are not only lovely stories about friendship and imagination They are also a possibly useful description of upper middle class life a decade before WWII A life that was about to disappear and if you think that John and Roger are 12 or 13 and 9 or 10 and Dick between those ages in these books you realise that not only is it a childhood that will come to an abrupt and awful end they are all old enough to be seriously involved in that warThere is no overshadowing of that in the writing of course Ransome along with many others of the time could probably see it coming so the story remains light and interesting simply for what it is The Swallows the s and Dick and Dorothea are on holiday in the lakes at the beginning of the summer holiday It's already hot and there is a danger of fires as it hasn't rained for weeksThe theme of this adventure is prospecting for gold There is camping pemmican grog and the usual shiver me timbers type comments Susan is as usual the ersatz mother cooking and making sure the others clean their teeth and get enough sleep John is adventurous but always aware that as the oldest boy he is and will be held responsible for any mishaps Nancy is a natural leader impulsive and prone to excitement but she defers to John in a manner probably in keeping with the 1930s than she might if the series was set in the early 21st century In this there is a near disaster prompted I feel by Roger wanting to show that he is no longer the Ship's Boy of the first book who could only swim if he kept one foot on the bottom Peggy never really gets fleshed out which is a shame as both she and Nancy are for me by far the most interesting characters Because they're pirates of course And they have a great aunt in Harrogate like me so I can identify a lot with those two than the others although really with also having a father in the military I can deeply empathise with those four tooAnd then there is Dick In some ways I like him Studious and clever and not really one of the gang I usually feel he looks up to John and goes around with the others because he'd like to be a bit like them and to humour his sister But in the end he really is happier with his books and science He's a bit of a prototype for the hugely annoying Abby in NCIS or the two excruciatingly painful British boffins in the Agents of SHIELD series plus countless other TV series and films so in other ways I really don't like his character even though he is extremely important in terms of moving the plot onYet again I can't help but wonder where the Swallows And s of this era would go on holiday Would they be allowed to camp in the wilds of the Lake District unsupervised for the most part for weeks at a time I think not sadly and that is another reason why I think everyone should at least give these books a go They are very much of their time though in so many ways In others not so much the girls do as much as the boys and have an eual voice in what they do how and whenOne last thing I love the adults natives although Captain Flint is infuriating in his lack of communication I always remember the battle in the first book him walking the plank and the party afterwards and I remember that he is A Good SortOh and looking at this story with the eyes of a mother I'm horrified I've gone Nativenot completely In this they use carrier pigeons to communicate with Nancy and Peggy's mother and go to a farm on a daily basis to buy milk and borrow tools