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Dickens: His Work and His World

Dickens: His Work and His World

Fall 2005 Non-Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Michael Rosen
Illustrator: Robert Ingpen
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0-7636-2752-6
Hardcover Price: $19.99
Charles Dickens was born in England on February 7, 1812, into an unstable family; his ne'er-do-well father was ultimately jailed in debtor's prison. His childhood schooling ended when he was twelve and he was sent to work in a boot-blacking factory. He felt this as a huge betrayal, especially by his mother who seemed indifferent to his suffering.

This fine biography follows the up-and-down (mostly down) fortunes of one of the world's greatest writers. Michael Rosen tells how various events effected Dickens and ultimately influenced his writings. The golden-hued, intricately drawn illustrations by Roger Ingpen enrich this engaging work.

Kemie Nix   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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