‘You’ll start with a blank map, that doesn’t do more than show roughly what’s water and what isn’t.’
What a metaphor! Doesn’t that describe so many of the journeys we begin? The book even includes a black ink sketched version of this rudimentary map, allowing you to fill in the spaces yourself as you build a better understanding of the terrain.
Secret Water is part of the Swallows & Amazons series of English children’s books. There are several beautiful editions available, with Vintage Children’s Classics being an affordable paperback with wonderful front cover illustrations (to be explored in a future post).
Source: Arthur Ransome, Secret Water, (London: Vintage Children’s Classics, 2014), p. 20
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