1. Last year I read A Christmas Carol with my eleven year old. She did a fine job of comprehending it and helped me to understand as well. I linked up an Olympic book – yes – we are months behind. Anyway, today I read “Shall I Knit you a Hat” with my five year old. It’s a delightful picture book about rabbits knitting hats for the other animals. I come from a family of knitters which makes this book extra special. – Happy Holidays

  2. I think it is great to share classics with children even if parts are over their heads — they will get even more out of them in later readings.

    I think this is one of Dicken’s best works.

  3. I really enjoyed this, my first reading. Good for you reading it with your kiddos–I think I’ll have to do the same. Bummed though, that my book doesn’t have any illustrations. 🙁 Your copy sounds like a delight!

  4. For Shonya: charlesdickenspage.com/illustrations-carol.html – the original illustrations.

    I hope that in the years to come, you will read Dickens’ other Christmas novels with the kids. While The Chimes is a bit dark, the others are no scarier than Christmas Carol. I particularly like The Haunted Man, which creatively considers where we would be without our memory of pain and hurt.

  5. Ok, first – I’m going to subscribe to your blog via e-mail.

    Secondly – I read a picture book version to the kids this year (Usborne books) and they liked it well enough. Bookworm1 seemed the most interested. We watched The Muppet version at my in-laws house over Christmas and I enjoyed that one again. (Love the line you quoted here!) Due to the fact that the ghost aspect IS a little creepy, I opted not to introduce the boys to the Real Deal this year but I probably will next year when the oldest is 7. (The middle child is creeped out by VERY little so I’m not particularly worried for him.)

    Fun reading your experiences with this one and your kids!

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