A Christmas Carol

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Title:  A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: Usborne Young Reading             

Number of pages: 64          

Type of Book: Fiction, Classic

Age: 8-12

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Price: N580; N2,028; $7.18

SUMMARY:

Scrooge was a cold-hearted penny-pinching miser who hated Christmas. He hated Christmas for many reasons, some legitimate, some not. He hated Christmas because as a child, he was left alone in boarding school during the holiday; as a young adult, his girlfriend dumped him during the Christmas season; and as an adult, his colleague died on Christmas Eve.

But he also hated Christmas for some unemotional reasons; he thought it was an expensive holiday and people did not work! When asked to donate money to a charity to feed hungry children during the season, he asked if there were no more prisons and workhouses to take care of these children. In summary, Scrooge was a bitter, selfish and mean man who was obsessed with wealth and had no love for his neighbors.

However, one christmas, everything changed. Scrooge was visited by four ghosts who tried to transform him into a kind, generous and sensitive human being using visions of his past, present and future.

Read the book to find out how the ghosts tried to change Ebenezer Scrooge and whether or not they succeeded.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Dickens’ amazing use of dry humor to entertain! However the major highlight of the book is that it tries to spread the spirit of Christmas, a spirit of giving, loving and service to mankind. Dickens’ emphasizes the importance of building and sustaining good human relations not just during the yuletide but all year through. In the words of Bing Crosby,

“The secret of Christmas is not the things you do, at Christmas time. But the Christmas things you do all year through”

DOWN: The original/unabridged version may not be an easy read for children but the abridged version does not capture the true essence of the book.

RATING

5 stars: A must read for bookworms and their parents!!

TRIVIA

  1. Who was Marley? Scrooge’s deceased colleague
  2. What did Marley’s Ghost warn Scrooge about? Marley’s Ghost warned Scrooge about this being his last chance to not die like Marley did.
  3. How many ghosts visited Mr. Scrooge? 4: Marley’s Ghost, The Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
  4. Why was Scrooge really scared of The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come? The Ghost was covered from head to toe in a deep black cloak except for one hand. Scrooge could not even see his face. The Ghost’s silence through out their time together made him even scarier. It also showed Scrooge many visions of the misery in his future.
  5. Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him. ( a cold-hearted miser who did not care for human beings ) Who does this paragraph describe? Scrooge
  6. Who were the children under the robes of the Ghost of Christmas Present? They symbolized man’s state of Want/poverty and man’s Ignorance of the plight of people living in a state of want/poverty.  

Listen/Read the book here:

Read the book here: http://www.ibiblio.org/ebooks/Dickens/Carol/Dickens_Carol.pdf

CHALLENGE: A Christmas Carol

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. What does Christmas mean to me? Write a 400-word essay

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first 2 correct entres will be announced on this page and will each win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Monday, December 28th 2015.

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IT’S DISGUSTING AND WE ATE IT by James Solheim

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