God Bless Us, Every One!
The story behind A Christmas Carol
as read by John Rhys-Davies
As Charles Dickens dipped his pen and began to write the classic tale A Christmas Carol in the autumn of 1843, the spirit of the story captured his heart and mind in an extraordinary way. Dwindling sales of his previous books had resulted in a desperate financial situation for Dickens, who had used much of his income to support worthy causes and needy family members. But the book which he had intended as a quick solution to his problems turned out to be much, much more.
This beautifully illustrated volume tells the story behind the writing of Dickens's most famous work and reveals how he discovered the spirit of Christmas for himself with a little help from his own literary characters.
God Bless Us Every One! is a wonderful story with beautiful illustrations. I enjoyed reading about how A Christmas Carol came to be.
It is a bit too lengthy of a read for young children, but the accompanying DVD is fabulous. It's not very long and the music and flying characters were great to hold my kids' attention.
I know it's barely November, but it has me excited to the upcoming Christmas season.
You actually get three reviews from me - mine and my two oldest children. :) Both my kids said that they enjoyed the story although I could tell that their attention was waning, especially my 6-year-old. The story was good, but I think the author used a lot of big words that were over the kids' heads. I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to watching the DVD with my kids as well.
I liked how part of it was made up and part of it was true. I liked how the author wrote the letters at the beginning and end to help explain what the book was about.
I liked how he (Dickens) learned more and found out that some poor people were happy with what they had, and had Christmas in their hearts. I liked how the title says "God Bless Us" in it. I didn't like that it wasn't all true.
While I don't think my kids would particularly be interested in this book (but they may enjoy the CD and we might add it to our things to read/watch before Christmas), I thought the true parts of the story were really interesting. I wish the authors had more of that in this book, instead of rewriting a part of A Christmas Carol.
I enjoyed how it talked about noticing others, and not dwelling too much on our own problems, how joy can be found in any circumstance. It's certainly easier said than done, but something we should probably all strive for.
About the Author:
John Rhys-Davies is one of modern cinema's most recognizable character actors, best known for his role as the ax-wielding dwarf Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has gained widespread fame on British television and received an Emmy Award nomination for his work in the television miniseries Shogun.
About the Illustrator:
Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Wizard. His work has appeared in children’s books and on numerous covers, including the Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War series.
Title: God Bless Us, Every One!
Author: John Rhys-Davies
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: September 2014
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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