Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London

Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London

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Provoked by the horrors he saw every day, Charles Dickens wrote novels that were originally intended as instruments for social change -- to save his country's children. Charles Dickens is best known for his contributions to the world of literature, but during his young life, Dickens witnessed terrible things that stayed with him: families starving in doorways, babies being "dropped" on streets by mothers too poor to care for them, and a stunning lack of compassion from the upper class. After his family went into debt and he found himself working at a shoe-polish factory, Dickens soon realized that the members of the lower class were no different than he, and, even worse, they were given no chance to better themselves. It was then that he decided to use his greatest talent, his writing ability, to tell the stories of those who had no voice.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011.
ISBN: 9780547395746
0547395744
Branch Call Number: j 823.8 DICKENS
Characteristics: 156 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.

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JCLBarbaraL Sep 15, 2014

This well researched book was fascinating to me as an adult, but children can easily relate to the stories of how Charles Dickens, his contemporaries and those before him, have made a difference in the lives of the poor. Ms. Warren paints a realistic picture of London in the 19th century and ties the true stories of Dickens' encounters with orphans and the poor, and his own experience with the debtors prison, to his novels. Though most young children may not have read his longer novels, most will know about Tiny Tim in the Christmas Carol, and will look forward to reading more of his works.

BPLNextBestKids Dec 18, 2012

Charles Dickens was much more than an author. In this book the reader becomes aware of how strongly he believed in social reforms for the poor. As a result of his early life and observing how young children were living in London, Charles Dickens became instrumental in helping to improve living conditions for impoverished families. Reviewed by BPL staff. GV

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