Synopses & Reviews
A Christmas Carol is an essential part of Christmas for families everywhere. Since the book's publication in 1843, the story of miserly Scrooge's change of heart after the visit of three spirits has been encountered by children in innumerable books, plays, movies, and cartoons based on Dicken's ghost story. This edition introduces children to the powerful words of the original text in an abridgment based on the one Dickens made for his pubic readings. Andrew Wheatcroft's illustrations bring the classic scenes to life. Photography, paintings, and hundreds of facts explore Dicken's London, the wealth and the poverty, and Christmas customs and ideals then and now. Dickens's marvelous words and their fascinating context are brought together to inspire a new generation with Dickens's message -- that we can and we should change ourselves and our world for the better.
About the Author
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was the most popular English writer of his time. Having experienced terrible poverty as a child, he became an ardent campaigner for the poor and the unfortunate. When he wrote A Christmas Carol he took this concern and wove it together with ghosts and magic, creating a book that is both a cry for social justice and a modern fairy tale. Andrew Wheatcroft studied illustration in England. He has illustrated many children's books and also paints landscapes. He is a member of the British Watercolour Society and the Society of British Painters.