Friday, December 7, 2012

Our Current Reading and Listening Pleasure

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Dickens for Christmas. Yes, please.

At the library I recently found a little treasure for our book bag: Charles Dickens: Scenes from an Extraordinary Life by Mick Manning. It fits in perfectly alongside our Christmas repertoire.

I’ve said it before, but I do love great biographical picture books. And I love mixing biographies in with great literature selections for the younger crowd. When it comes to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, we have a couple favorite retellings.

Have you listened to the audio stories by Jim Weiss? We have most of them (the result of collecting for years) and A Christmas Carol and Other Favorites (includes The Gift of the Magi, and Dick Spindler’s Family Christmas) is a fun one. I love being able to listen to the stories as we are running errands or heading out for activities.

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We have several of the Eyewitness Classics collection. The Dorling Kindersley books have such a wealth of background and supplemental information. They make the stories come alive.

Eyewitness Classics: Christmas Carol is an excellent introduction to the story for younger children, complete with historical information about life in London in 1843. It has beautiful illustrations and photographs.

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For Leif (my stubborn son who only wants to read Magic Tree House books) we have Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #22: Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #44: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time because, when it comes to books, I always try to have something to please everyone!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hi heidi.....thanks for the suggestions. i just put 2 eyewitness classics (a christmas carol & the nutcracker) on hold at the library!
connie