Saturday, April 19, 2008

Timmy Rides the China Clipper: Book of the Week

This is a very fortunate reprint of a 1939 book that technology has rendered obsolete.

The main character, Timmy, is simply someone for the reader to follow on a trip across the Pacific in a flying boat. This craft may be wholly fantastic to children of today, who leap the ocean in a single (very long!) day, whereas Timmy's China Clipper must visit several islands on the way.

The book's drawings, both black-and-white and color, describe the flying craft itself as well as the islands that children of today skip over: Guam, Wake Island, Midway, as well as Manila, Hong Kong and Hawai'i. Timmy has a few adventures which add interest, but this is not a plot-driven book; rather it is to be read and enjoyed for the journey. Timmy and his point of view are nearly as antique as hobbits, yet may be almost as interesting for their bygonity.

Author: Carol Nay
ISBN-13: 978-0807579473

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