Thursday, March 28, 2013

Read-Aloud Thursday: Coot Club by Arthur Ransome

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Coot Club - Exodus Books

Book Description:
It all started with a coot's nest. Dorothy and Dick meet Tom Dodgeon, Port and Starboard, and three pirate salvagers — all members of the Coot Club Bird Protection Society. When one of the coot's nests is disturbed by a shipful of "Hullabaloos" — rude holiday boaters — trouble begins. Frantic chases, calamitous boat collisions, and near drownings fill the pages of this exciting fifth addition to Ransome's classic children's series.
My thoughts:
Coot Club is the fifth book in the Swallows and Amazons series. In this book we meet up again with Dick and Dorothea, who we first met in Winter Holiday. They are taking their spring holiday at the Norfolk Broads and going to stay with with a friend of their mother's who is vacationing on the Teasel. Since their last holiday with the Swallows and Amazons they are very keen on learning to sail. Then they find out that they are not going to do any sailing.

Enter the Coot Club--Tom, the twins, Port and Starboard, and the three pirates. When Tom finds himself in an sticky situation with the "Hullabaloos" after protecting the a coot's nest, Mrs. Barrable, otherwise known as the Admiral, suggests that he along with the twins take the Teasel out on a small trip. Thus they begin an exciting trip that involves the twins trying to catch up with the Teasel, escaping from the "Hullabaloos", being grounded, and a shipwreck.

At first my kids were upset that the Swallows and Amazons were not in this book, but eventually they made peace with it and started to enjoy the story. Coot Club still has great storytelling and has plenty of humor included. Though we missed the Swallows and Amazons we still found Coot Club a satisfying read. We look forward to continuing the story of Swallows and Amazons in Pigeon Post. Destini is counting down the days until we head to the homeschool store to buy it, but I'm holding off.  I have it hidden in my drawer as a Easter present--shhh, don't tell!

Other's we have read:

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  1. Like always, when you review one of these Swallows and Amazons books, your review makes me want to bump the series up on my mental TBR list!

  2. This series sounds like so much fun! What age range would you recommend it for? Tommy would love this, but at 5 we are just now starting to do longer read alouds with few pictures.

    And wait a minute here, back this up. You have a homeschool store that is brick and mortar? Oh wow. I'm green with envy. My husband is probably glad we don't have one here though for the sake of his pocket book. ;)

  3. I'm always looking for some good read alouds! I'll have to check these books out! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I keep forgetting to grab this series! Thanks for the reminder.

  5. I'll have to check out this series. My boys might like it.



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