Books by Arthur Ransome
Three families of children enjoy themselves outdoors in general, and sailing in particular, over several holidays.
Classic set of gentle outdoor adventure stories, often with a sailing theme. Healthy combination of imagination and down-to-earth competence in outdoor pursuits. Nicely-rounded characters inhabiting an inter-war landscape where children are allowed a wide degree of freedom but where politeness and consideration are uppermost. The books' uncomplicated style coupled with their outdoor milieux is like fresh air to a modern reader.
Classic, Friendship, Growing-Up, Seafaring