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As a Charlotte Mason inspired and influenced homeschool, reading a bit of Charles Dickens has been a regular part of our read aloud time over the years. However, I did find in the early years that it was a challenge for my young children to understand his writing. I wish that at that time I had known about this wonderful book, ‘Charles Dickens’ by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom.
The byline on the cover reads, ‘Scenes From An Extraordinary Life’, and indeed this book gives its reader just that, an extraordinary reading experience! This book is beautifully illustrated, something that I have come to expect from the authors work. The illustrations will suck your children right in as they explore each page.
The book is dramatic a biography of Charles Dickens life. We start our journey through this book at the beginning of course – Charles Dickens’ birth. We move through the book watching our hero progress through his early childhood in Chatham, his move to London and the awful time where he had to work in a ‘blacking’ factory at the tender age of 12. We follow him as he moves into his early career as a reporter and then the exciting publication of his very first story in the Old Strand Magazine.
We watch as he gains fame and celebrity status with ‘The Pickwick papers’, then his first tour of the States and his public readings in the UK. By spending time with Charles Dickens in the pages of this book we learn how he closely observed the underworld of Victorian London which inspired some of his great novels that we have come to love and cherish all these many years later.
I think this book is the perfect way to introduce young children to Charles Dickens. It creates a bond between our children and this famous author, which hopefully will endure his works to them in later years.
This book is published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and is available on Amazon
**Now for the giveaway**
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books have been kind enough to offer a copy of this book to one Curriculum Choice reader. Please follow the instructions on the rafflecopter below to enter.
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