Date: September 2015
Duration: 1 hours 0 minutes
This tale from Newbery Medal–winning author Walter D. Edmonds is based on a story found in Lydia Maria Child’s Letters from New York.
An adventuresome youth determined to travel the world, Tom Whipple leaves his mother in New York and signs up for sea duty on a ship bound for Russia. As he sails, he makes up his mind to see the czar—and to present him with a gift.
“His story has the quality of good homespun, a valuable quality in these days of sleazy fabrics. There is in it the same simplicity and craftsmanship, and the same durability.”—New York Times, 1943
“A story to be cherished because it illustrates the resourcefulness and the single-minded courage which are the heritage of the free-born.”—New York Times, 1942