‘Ahoy! Ahoy! Swallows! Ahoy!’
This year for the A to Z Blog Challenge, I have been on the lookout for maps in children’s literature. When I shared my theme, a number of bloggers asked if I was going to write about Swallows and Amazons. I answered, “of, course!” But, truth be told, I had never heard of Swallows and Amazons. What a sheltered life I live!
Swallows and Amazons is a twelve book series by Arthur Ransome that tell the stories of a group of children living in the English Lakes District between the two world wars. In the first book (1930), Swallows and Amazons, the Walker children petition their father who is away serving in the navy, to allow them to camp on an island. As in all good series, the children are allowed to do so and off they go in their sailboat named the Swallow. But, their happy times are disrupted by the arrival of pirate sisters, the Amazons, who claim the island.
The series continues with the children having sailing and camping adventures in different regions on school holidays. These books sound like great fun – I plan to start reading the series this summer.
Aren’t these endpapers wonderful?
Author Arthur Ransome drew the maps and illustrations. Here is a link to the actual area he based his stories and maps on and a bit of information on the movie based on the books.
Have you read any of the Swallows and Amazon books?