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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Cover Art of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, with illustrations by P.J. Lynch

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, with Illustrations by P.J. Lynch

Candlewick Press

Introduction

As you read the pages of this feature, you'll learn about a variety of Christmas classics for children and their families. They include: several editions of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, an anniversary edition of How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry and The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

This attractive edition for children of the classic Christmas tale A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, would make an excellent gift for a family with children nine years old and older. The story of the miserly Scrooge and the visits of the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future that redeem him was first published on December 17, 1843 and has remained popular ever since.

The book itself is well designed, with dramatic watercolor illustrations by P.J. Lynch, a handsome cover and dust jacket, and high quality paper. There are illustrations on every two-page spread throughout the book, many with decorative borders. Muted colors help to create the illusion of looking into the past.

The story of Scrooge has been told and retold in many different formats and styles. For example, our family loves The Muppets' Christmas Carol. However, while many of these versions may capture some of the spirit of the original, none can come close to capturing the author's use of language and the ability of Charles Dickens to tell a story. I highly recommend the book for families to enjoy year after year. Compare prices. (Candlewick Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780763631208)

Quentin Blake's A Christmas Carol is another edition of Charles Dickens' classic tale that I particularly recommend for young people and families.

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