“Very insightful and great for young adults to get an appreciation and understanding of that time period. The writing is a bit repetitive, but the pictures and simple language really drive home the message.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Very insightful and great for young adults to get an appreciation and understanding of that time period. The writing is a bit repetitive, but the pictures and simple language really drive home the message. ”Laurie A wrote this review Friday, October 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London sheds light on not only Dickens, but on English history of the late 1800’s, the working class poor, Handel (as well as his Messiah), William Hogarth, Dr. Charles Barardo, and of course Queen Victoria. Andrea Warren pens this 8.2 AR level book as an inspiration of what one can do when one believes in a cause. Weaving the tale of Dickens life, Warren tells how he grew up in the middle class, ended up in a work house with his family sent to a debtors prison and then went on to become the most famous author of his time. Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London is book full of vivid detail – the horrid conditions in which many people lived, as well as the drive Dickens had that caused him to write about them. Charles Dickens is a wonderful book – more than just a biography – which should be in every middle school library. It will appeal to those who love the author as well as those interested English history, the Victorian Age or orphans.”Karen G wrote this review Friday, May 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London – Andrea Warren
There is a long tradition of biography as morality tale in children’s literature. Frequently there is little factual basis for the lesson; George Washington did not, in fact, chop down the cherry tree. However, with Charles Dickens, the lesson is implicit in the life of the man. Andrea Warren has presented the life of Charles Dickens in sixteen easy chapters with the clear intent of showcasing him as a social activist. The text is augmented with period illustrations and actual photographs. Following the last chapter are several brief selections that give additional information concerning Victorian England, workhouses and poorhouses in England and America, child labor laws and current charitable or activist organizations benefitting children worldwide. The book has an index, bibliography and a list of suggested websites.
The publisher recommends this book for ages 12 or above. I judge the reading level to be upper elementary; although some of the subject matter might be a bit mature. The text is informative and historically accurate, but is selected with a clear social agenda in mind.