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A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson

A Boy Called Dickens (edition 2012)

by Deborah Hopkinson, John Hendrix (Illustrator)

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Title:A Boy Called Dickens
Authors:Deborah Hopkinson
Other authors:John Hendrix (Illustrator)
Info:Schwartz & Wade (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Picture Books, Your library
Tags:child schooling and work, poverty, scarcity, wants/needs

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A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson

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    Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London by Andrea Warren (sweetiegherkin)
    sweetiegherkin: For older children, Warren's book provides more detailed information on Dickens and his life. For younger children, Hopkinson's book whets their appetite by providing a good, but brief, overview of Dickens's early years. Because both books emphasize the poverty of Dickens's youth, either would be good to pair with Oliver Twist (in an adapted form for younger children) to give children a feel for how Dickens's fiction was based on real-life experiences.… (more)

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This book is a good introduction to the life and works of Charles Dickens. It seems a fairly accurate account of the phase in Dickens' life when his father was in debtors' prison and young David was forced to work for his keep. It also accurate relates this phase of Dickens' life as his inspiration for David Copperfield. The illustrations were a good supplement to the narrative.

This book would be a good intro to a unit on Victorian writers. This book would appeal to readers who like biography. This is also a good book for a unit on life in Victorian England. ( )
  mcintorino | Mar 21, 2017 |
This could easily be used with diversity. They are in search of a boy named Dickens in London, which could be used for studying other countries and their lifestyles. Students could across people who are different form them everyday, and it is important for them to know how to interact with those people. ( )
  sshelby23 | Nov 9, 2016 |
I love this book! It is the story of Charles Dickens and his life as a young boy. It takes an outsiders perspective, very similar to how he wrote A Christmas Carol. It is not a true biography, but it is based on events that occurred in his childhood.
I would read A Christmas Carol and then read this so students could hear a bit about his life. Then students can work together to determine what events in his childhood could have contributed to writing that story. ( )
  MareeTos | Feb 4, 2016 |
A quick look into the life of the famous writer Charles Dickens. A phase in his life that Dickens had long kept secret is revealed. His family falls into hard times and young charles has to work in a dingy factory to survive. But out of this story comes hope and determination.
  yatsogu | Aug 15, 2015 |
Summary: A biographical tale of Dickens. a boy who works a 10 shifts and wants to return to school.
Personal reflection:Story is well told and I like the author notes at the end.
Classroom use: yes ( )
  rwoody | Dec 7, 2014 |
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For years Dickens kept the story of his own childhood a secret. Yet it is a story worth telling. For it helps us remember how much we all might lose when a child's dreams don't come true . . . As a child, Dickens was forced to live on his own and work long hours in a rat-infested blacking factory. Readers will be drawn into the winding streets of London, where they will learn how Dickens got the inspiration for many of his characters. The 200th anniversary of Dickens's birth was February 7, 2012, and this tale of his little-known boyhood is the perfect way to introduce kids to the great author. Here is historical fiction at its ingenious best.

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Narrates the tale of twelve-year-old Charles Dickens who, despite poverty and long hours of factory work, still has time to discover and share the stories of other residents of 1824 London. Includes author's note about Dickens' life and some of the books he wrote.… (more)

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