Still pretty proud of my response to this.
Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Pictures: I’m sure there are some editions of this book that have great illustrations, but this version didn’t have any.
Plot: Ebeneezer Scrooge is a ruthless businessman, who cares for nobody. One night he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner who warns him that he will be visited by 3 ghosts (The Ghost of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future). Will Scrooge learn how to give, love, and be selfess?
Daddy’s Thoughts: This was a unique book for us to read, as I gave my Duckling a copy of this book before we even started a relationship, so we were both able to read this aloud to each other. The story is powerful, beautiful, and very emotional. It’s not an easy read, and not every little will be able to enjoy it, but the general story is amazing! Even though the story is short, you will probably want to take it slow as there are a lot of places to ask questions and have discussions.
Duckling’s Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. We would be reading along and all the sudden there would be a sentence full of wonderful wisdom or something that was terribly funny. You little might have question about some of the old language, but it is mostly easy to understand. I did cry a lot during one part, but I don’t think that was Dicken’s fault.
Lessons, Themes and Morals:
- Money doesn’t solve your problems
-Work is important, but you need to have time for recreation
-Selfishness makes you a bitter person
-Family is the most important!
-Christmas is a time for love and forgiveness
-We should all strive to be as charitable as possible
-When you die…what will your legacy be? Will people miss you?
Duckling’s Score: 5 Quacks out of 5
Daddy’s Score: 5 Spanks out of 5
Some of the language is kind of tough, but if you stick with at and are able to take it slow, the life lessons are astounding! I had always wanted to read this book (after seeing countless adaptations) but getting the chance to experience it with my Duckling was amazing! Dickens wasn’t afraid to make a statement, and he certainly didn’t shy away from controversy (and if he were alive today, he would be a villain to Fox News!). One thing I love about this book though is that, while Scrooge isn’t a nice man, he also elicits empathy, and you do end up caring for him, and you realize that he didn’t intend to become a heartless capitalist. While he is harsh to others, he is also harsh to himself, and he is unable to laugh or enjoy life. As I mentioned before, not every little will be able to enjoy this book, but whether you read this to your little, or just read it on your own, it’s a book both of us highly recommend (even if you don’t read it over the Christmas season!)
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I think it’s time for a woman’s uprising.