A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Being A Ghost Story of Christmas

Book - 1986
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An abridgment of the classic story with all the characters depicted as animals.
Publisher: New York, NY : Macmillan, c1986.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780027303100
Branch Call Number: LPLD870108174818
Characteristics: [43] p. :,col. ill. ;,23 x 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mayer, Mercer 1943-


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Feb 05, 2021

This book cannot be counted among Dickens' greatest works, the likes of Great Expectations or A Tale of Two Cities. It's a relatively simple tale about the redemption of a miserly old man — a common enough theme. But its enduring appeal has more to do with its message than its literary merit.
Beyond feeling elated at being able to send the Cratchits a giant turkey, Scrooge feels undeserving of the privilege of doing so. That aspect of the story particularly resonated with me.
There are a number of passages in A Christmas Carol that remind us how tremendously fortunate most of us are to be approaching Christmas with the prospect of joining with our loved ones for a festive family dinner to celebrate the occasion — even if our numbers this year must be restricted because of a pandemic. There are so many in our own neighborhoods and around the world who are unlikely to find a safe place to live and enough to eat that day, let alone enjoy a feast.
The story's message of sharing our good fortune is as timely today as it ever was.
With regard to this particular edition: Much of the power of this short novel also derives from its murky atmosphere and starkly drawn characters. It's a work that cries out for illustrations to echo and reinforce Dickens' richly visual prose. Accordingly, from among the many fine editions available today, I chose this one with illustrations by P. J. Lynch, aiming thereby to gain a sense of what Dickens set out to accomplish with his beautiful original publication.

Jan 23, 2021

I have seen many film versions of this story, but hadn't read the actual short story before. This is a classic, and an interesting read. It is filled with detailed illustrations, and it is well worth picking up and reading! It's a once-in-a-lifetime must read!

Jan 22, 2021

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a heartwarming classic novel that is always a good read, no matter the time of year. Written in a style that goes between fast-paced rhetoric and slower prose, it manages to give the reader both entertainment as well as lessons to be learned about one's character and actions.
Ebenezer Scrooge, the selfish and saturnine accountant in this story, has encounters with the ghosts of Christmas past, Christmas present, and Christmas future. As he comes to terms with the reality of what will happen to him if he continues down his life’s path, he is given one more chance to make amends and discover what Christmas means to him.
I would recommend this book for any reader of any age. Although it's written in Old English, it's still easy reading at the right length for one session.

Dec 25, 2020

This is an amazing book talking about life, Christmas, and change. A man called Scrooge learned from 4 ghosts about life, and how important kindness is. Gratitude really transformed him from a miserly old man to a generous man to the city. This is a great book to read on Christmas.

Nov 29, 2020

We’ve all seen movies with the figures of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. This idea was originally created in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, telling the story of Scrooge, an old, bitter man who hates essentially everything, including Christmas. He is unkind to his workers, and does not want them to go home for Christmas, making them as miserable as he is. He persistently pushes away those who want to get closer to him, such as his nephew. However, he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future when he falls asleep, showing him what led him to be so bitter and how this will affect the rest of his life. He is able to reflect on his life and has an opportunity for a second chance, a chance to change his ways.

This is the perfect novel to read as the holidays approach, as well as a great book to read to enhance your analysis skills. It is heart-warming and encourages others to self-reflect, even if you don’t think of yourself as a Scrooge. However, we all ultimately have that area in our lives where we can be negative and harsh, but this novel reminds us that negativity will never accomplish anything. If we can take a look at something from a new perspective, we may find our situation to be entirely different than we so previously thought. There are aspects of the novel that are particularly melancholy, but they make the joyful parts seem even brighter.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone at any age, but children under 10 years old might not be the best audience. Other than that, everyone might be able to learn something from it, and it is sure to get readers into the holiday mood!

Age rating: 10+
Star rating: 5 stars

Jul 30, 2020

A Christmas Carol is a classic novel by Charles Dickens about a grumpy, selfish, melancholy old man named Ebenezer Scrooge. He believes homeless people should go to prison or into workhouses. He hates Christmas and is not generous to anyone, even himself. One freezing cold night he is haunted by three Christmas ghosts that will change his life forever. The moral of this book is to be generous to others and enjoy what you have – and also spend time with friends and family. Even though this book was written in 1843, the messages are still relevant today. I rate this book 4.9/5 and recommend it to people who like to read classics. @GymGirl of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I was forced to read this book because of school but I was glad I was! This book showed how people can change and how we should not judge others. Christmas is not Christmas without this wonderful classic novel. This novel suggests that people should not be so concerned with money. Money is not everything and it certainly did not buy the main character’s happiness. I absolutely loved the author’s way of writing. It was so detailed, and it made me visualize everything perfectly. This was a heartbreaking and heartwarming story at the same time. At first, I hated the main character, he was selfish and cruel. But later, in the book he changed and became a kind man who cared for everyone around him. I watched a lot of movies based on this story but none of them were as great as the book. I recommend this book to the people who like Christmas stories, you are in for a treat! A Christmas Carol is truly a timeless classic and a wonderful novel. This was a short novel, well plotted, easy to follow, beautifully written story. I enjoyed this book a lot, I give it a four out of five. @Nat of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 29, 2020

A Christmas Carol is definitely a classic in my opinion, I hear the story every Christmas after all but I found it a little odd. I mean, this is technically a horror story with the spirits and all but it IS about the Christmas spirit and sometimes we have to be scared into using it. It’s not completely scary, there are good spirits like the spirit of the past which shows the protagonist his youthful childhood which he looked back fondly on. It’s a very interesting Christmas story all and all, just a little odd in my opinion. I recommend it to anyone who likes novels with good lessons and happy endings in them. 2/5 stars
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jan 18, 2020

How do you rate a classic that you know inside and out before you've read a single page? It's a hard proposition. It's a fantastic story, but it felt hard to get invested when every important moment is so well-known.

Jan 18, 2020

What a wonderful, timeless classic. This is the first time that I have read the actual novel by Dickens, even though I have seen countless renditions of the story on screen, on tv, and on the stage. Dickens really changed Christmas by writing this morality tale, a fable and a holiday story all in one. Scrooge is such a memorable character that he's become entirely a part of our culture. One of my favorite movies as a child (and still is, let's be honest) is The Muppet Christmas Carol; so how could I give anything less than full marks for the source material? I don't usually reread books, as a rule, but I can see myself rereading this every year. Do yourself a favor, if you haven't read this, please do, as soon as possible. You won't regret it.

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Dec 22, 2019

Funny, engaging, didactic, and wholesome, yet without the first sliver of feeling "preachy." Mr. Dickens' writing is lucid and digestible, easily understood, and just as powerful today as I'm sure it was when it was originally written.

What's not to love? There have been countless adaptations of this work, many of them good, many of them not so good, yet to remains what it is: a classic work of fiction, reminding us that Christmastime is a special time of year for all folk. But maybe, just maybe, we should treat people well every other day of the year as well.

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Dec 07, 2015

This is a great story to remind the reader of the dangers associated with greed. Also, the idea of family is strongly promoted in "A Christmas Carol." If Scrooge had married Isabelle, what would have happened? The sad thing is Scrooge never was able to rewind the clock and answer that question; however, Dickens was very clever and did this intentionally. He desired the audience to ask this question concerning their own life. This points to a very important concept. The decisions made on a daily basis will have consequences, so it is important to make good decisions. Unfortunately, Scrooge's priorities were messed up and he had to reap the consequences. However, like Scrooge it is never too late to make a change, and what better time than Christmas? What a hopeful, encouraging Christmas tale!

janellejordan Jun 03, 2015

A great story to see how the holiday spirit can change your way of life.


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Sep 21, 2012

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


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