Peter Duck

Peter Duck[Reading] ➼ Peter Duck By Arthur Ransome – ‘Why do they call him Black Jake Is it because of his hair’ Titty asked ‘Because of his heart’ said Peter Duck The Swallows and s as well as Captain Flint and the ancient able seaman Peter Duc ‘Why do they call him Black Jake Is it because of his hair’ Titty asked ‘Because of his heart’ said Peter Duck The Swallows and s as well as Captain Flint and the ancient able seaman Peter Duck set sail on the Wild Cat bound for the Channel But they are shadowed by the Viper manned by none other than Black Jake a beastly pirate with a dark plan Can the children race ahead and uncover the buried treasure before the pirate Can they survive storms earthuakes crabs and even a waterspout and make it home. As a child these were my favourite books I loved stories of adventure and my family holidayed in the English Lake District where these books are set so I knew the places they visitedWhilst on holiday I would imagine meeting the Swallows and s on every lake At school my friends and I would play Swallows and s My best friend Sarah and I being the only ones who were truly obsessed by the books would take charge and we would of course be the s Sarah was always Nancy and I Peggy Whichever of our other friends were roped in would be the Swallows We would tack our imaginary boats across the Lake the playground and camp on Wild Cat Island a mound at one end of the playground with two large elm trees on itI still read these occasionally and can't wait till my own daughters are old enough for themSwallows and s for Ever Where in the first two books in the series the children create imaginary epic adventures out of ordinary vacations in England's Lake District in this book they embark on a genuine epic adventure They're off in the great two masted sailing ship with Captain Flint and old tar Peter Duck on a treasure hunt in the Caribbean or the Caribbees as they call it They are chased by a seriously evil pirate and his crew experience a hurricane and an earthuake and generally have a rousing at times frightening voyage Peter Duck was imaginary in Swallowdale but is uite real and uite the character in this book Ransome is masterful in his detaied descriptions especially the minutiae of sailing I can understand why this series was a favorite of mine in late elementary school This is the Third in the S A series A note to all it is later revealed I can't remember which book but poss Pigeon Post or Winter Holiday that this is a made up story told in the cold winter Holidays between Swallows and s and Swallowdale The reason for this is that actually the children are all the same age as in Swallowdale which becomes apparent when later novels are all set at holiday intervals Also it will be noticeable to the better read that the plot is Treasure Island I knew a lad at school who was also into S A and this was his favourite title of them all it wasn't mine for some reason I just couldn't connect with it however that is me and we are all different the Swallows and s under the tutelage of Captain Flint Arthur Ransome and the eponymous Peter Duck go in search of treasure to the Caribees I can't actually remember the ending so no spoiler from me I may re read it some time uite simply the best book ever wri oh hang on isn't that what I put for Swallows and s?This has of course the natural dialogue real characters and detailed scenery you would expect from Arthur Ransome; and there are maps and diagrams for those of us who are weak in geography or the construction and operation of sailing vessels It also has a carefully paced and uite brilliant plot Let it unfold and you will suddenly and unexpectedly find your heart racing and your eyes reading faster and faster this may be a 'just' a children's book but there is real danger and several people end up deadSo put aside Harry Potter and The Hunger Games excellent books though they are and step back in time to enjoy the race to a tropical island in search of buried treasure Ransome certainly knows how to work his way through a story In some ways I missed the delightful insights into childhoods of the 1930 in the first two books of the series because this book is so focused on the plot of the treasure hunt the pirates the sea voyage and the various meteorological happenings that keep things humming You barely have time to come up for air and new characters shift the focus from the Original Four Kids who are very special kids indeed But all that noted the book is grand fun the adventure credible and diverting and the treasure perfect I found and read the Swallows and s series in my early 20s I am only sorry I did not find them earlier Stories of the family's summer adventures are beautifully written and encourage responsible and creative living Self reliance intelligent reasoning skills and strong imagination with these children provide an excellent backdrop for this series of books as well as strong roll models for any youngsters reading them The six children Swallows and s Captain Flint an old seaman Peter Duck the parrot the monkey and an unexpected crew member go on a sea cruise and treasure hunt The author anchors this improbable tale with realistic details and lots of action Unlike the other books I’ve read in this series this one involves adult doings as well as pursuit by villains The story also involved acts of violence by adults against a child and other adults The story kept me interested but I’m glad to see a return to the Lake District and renewed focus on the children’s activities in the next book of the series 35 stars I like this book I do NOT like reading this series aloud It is hard Ideally a 45httpspiningforthewestcouk20200 Wow I didn't read this as a child although I naturally assumed that I had I read most of the series some of them multiple timesI hadn't especially like Swallowdale but ploughed on knowing that there were much better books later in the seriesThis is the third and it really is as good as Swallows and s Let's just say that at one point my heart was pounding and my stomach was sick with dread until I remembered 'it's a children's books and must therefore end happily ever after'It's a bit meta because as we know the Swallows and s are based on real then living people who went onto have proper adult lives Although books such as SA are fictionalised they are based at least to some extent on fact but this isn't Indeed in Swallowdale we get a hint that Peter Duck is an entirely made up story made up within the 'truth' of the fictional series and made up in the lives of the Altounyan children and their friendsSo much to savour in this book Some great characterisation that brings all these people very much to life A real sense of place I especially enjoyed the sail down the English Channel North Foreland visited last year South Foreland went near this year Deal Folkestone Dungeness Beachy Headall visited this year even Fairlight church was it just a few weeks ago I was mocking how much it stands out on the skyine and now it turns out it's a valuable aid to navigationThe trip to the Caribbean really stretches one's credulity although it doesn't cross the line into implausible They encounter volcanic eruption earthuake and hurricane pretty simultaneously I get the feeling that Arthur Ransome believed that earthuakes were part of the weather system Of course an earthuake can affect weather I found that in Egypt when we got the aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami thousands of miles and several days away but we know nowadays that earthuakes and volcanoes are caused by plate tectonics Still a jolly ripping read Not 'a great book bearing in mind it's written for children' but a smashing tale to keep any normal adult entertained over several evenings

Hardcover  ✓ Peter Duck Epub ¼
  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • Peter Duck
  • Arthur Ransome
  • English
  • 01 February 2016
  • 9780224021258