Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Wishlist Book Talk #5

There's always time to renew traditions and make new ones, so how about combining the two.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is played on tv, through dvd's, in the theater, and read through books.  We know the story like the back of our hands or do we?

The Annotated Christmas Carol: A Christmas Carol in Prose by Charles Dickens, Michael Patrick Hearn, and John Leech will give a new view on the old tale.

I love 'The Annotated Books' series.  They aren't quick reads, but they are full of unique insights into books in the past.  I have books in this series on Hans Christian Andersen, The Brothers Grimm and the one on Classic Fairy Tales.  The joy of these is that each time I pick on up and read a chapter, I learn something new.

Another route to go would be A Christmas Carol: A Pop-up Book by Chuck Fischer.  He is a wonderful paper engineer [Christmas in New York, Angels and Great American Houses to name but a few] and this one was just released.

There are other picture book versions by wonderful illustrators Lisbeth Zwerger and Brett Helquist that are also good.

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