In 1966, Hoban wrote Charlie the Tramp, illustrated by his wife Lillian Hoban. Charlie is a young beaver who wants to grow up to be a tramp. His parents, much to the dismay of Charlie’s grandfather, allow him to experience the life of a homeless beaver. During this experience, Charlie hears, like young Samuel in the night, the call to his life’s work.
“You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver.” -Grandfather Beaver.
Ideal for children ages 3-8, Charlie the Tramp is a memorable look into parents’ biggest fears and biggest hopes. What a moment when Charlie’s father looks over his nighttime work and resolves, “Any tramp that can make a pond like that is going to be some beaver one of these days.”
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