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Monday, June 05, 2006

The Ship That Flew

by Hilda Lewis (read June 2006)
Written in 1939 for an English audience The Ship That Flew is a timeless tale. I read it in eighth grade and enjoyed it every bit as much at 55 as I did then. One things strikes me different from today's world and the way things were back then: The children had hours of free time to wander about without any supervision. Today children may be unsupervised, but they are not outside playing for whole afternoons and evenings at a time. It's too bad that there's so much to fear in today's world.

The ShipThat Flew is a fantasy in which a young boy buys a magic ship and learns that it can fly to other places and through time. He and his siblings take adventures to visit the tombs in Egypt, Normandy England, the Norse Gods and several other places and times. I can't wait to be able to read this book to my grandkids when they get just a little bit older.

6 comments:

Myke said...

Can I read it huh, huh? I hope you own it!

Lotus Reads said...

Sounds like such a great little book - a huge dash of adventure, fantasy and travel. My kind of book for sure. It would be very interesting to see if it appeals to today's eight graders.

Susan Abraham said...

Once more, I am caught by the exhuberance of a book jacket, Booklogged. Just look at the vibrance of that blue! And you know, you say you are 55...but in your heart there is a corner where you are still 5 from all your lively posts and from your romantic love of bookish-childhood-friendships. And somewhere in the corner of your heart, where the old loves still rest, the 8th grader in you rises every now and then, determined to unfold a new literary awakening. What wonderful gifts the treausre of storybooks bring us.
love

Susan Abraham said...

Oh..oh...I have spelt exuberance wrongly, haven't I...

MatDonna said...

so pleased to see this book here, I remember it fondly as a great library read and can't wait to get myself a copy. Nice blog you have here, I will visit again!

Anonymous said...

I still have my copy given to me by my grandmother in 1969 when I was just 10 yers old. I'm looking forward to giving it to my son in three years time when he reaches 10. It's a wonderfull book!!