A Boy Called Dickens

A Boy Called Dickens
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January 10, 2012
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For years Dickens kept the story of his own childhood a secret. Yet it is a story worth telling. For it helps us remember how much we all might lose when a child's dreams don't come true . . . As a child, Dickens was forced to live on his own and work long hours in a rat-infested blacking factory. Readers will be drawn into the winding streets of London, where they will learn how Dickens got the inspiration for many of his characters. The 200th anniversary of Dickens's birth is February 7, 2012, and this tale of his little-known boyhood is the perfect way to introduce kids to the great author. Here is historical fiction at its ingenious best.

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I received this book in the mail this afternoon and sat down to read it right away. I'm always interested in books with some sort of historical references, especially because I can incorporate them in a variety of ways at home and in my classroom.

This is a perfect book to introduce Charles Dickens to your children. The cover is very eye-catching, and for the young ones I teach that is important to them. On some pages there is quite a bit of text so it may be overwhelming to some younger readers. I would personally use this book as a read aloud.

I was thankful that the author included a special note at the end of the book. For someone who isn't very familiar with the life of Charles Dickens, this helps to explain it a bit more. I didn't realize that Dickens kept his childhood story secret for so many years. These are the kind of little facts that entice me as a reader to learn more.

I think this would be a great addition to a classroom or school library.
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Historical fiction just right for children
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