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Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London

av Andrea Warren

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Warren takes you on a journey into the workhouses, slums, factories, and schools of Victorian England, and into the world of Dickens. She shows now he used his pen to do battle on behalf of the poor, becoming one of the great reformers of his or any age.
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    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.… (mer)
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Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London – Andrea Warren
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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.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
My VOYA ratings:
4Q, 2P

This book provides a history of Charles Dickens and London street children in a way that is easy to digest. It is engaging for young readers who are interested in the subject and includes helpful and entertaining pictures. It explains the connection between Charles Dickens' works and improvement of the conditions of the poor in London, as well as his personal reasons for sympathizing with street children. ( )
  laureneve | May 2, 2013 |
Excellent insight into how Dickens's own experiences influenced his depictions of the poor and working class in his novels. Warren also offers an insightful look at the wretched lives of the poor, particularly children, in Victorian England. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London is an eye-opening account of how the poverty of Dicken's early life led him to champion England's poor, particularly the children in both his writing and his actions. This is a carefully researched and well-written story that goes beyond simple biography in re-creating Dickens and the world he lived in. Although much of the information in the book is interesting and not well-known to most American young adults, I do think the non-fiction format with blocks of text and drawn photographs will remind many teens (unhappily)of school textbooks, and it will take some extra effort to convince them to read it, but it will be worth it. ( )
  VisVitaVeritas | Feb 26, 2012 |
Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London is a biography with a goal. The book does not just tell a straightforward story of Dickens’s life from birth to death, but instead looks at the famed author’s relationship with childhood labor and poverty. To that end, the author does indeed begin at the beginning, to paraphrase Dickens’s introduction to his novel David Copperfield. The reader sees Dickens grow up in a middle-income family, only to be brought down by family debt. With his father in debtors’ prison, Dickens is forced to become a child laborer, spending 10 hours a day, six days a week pasting labels onto bottles at a blacking factory. Andrea Warren shows how these early experiences provided a trajectory for Dickens’s adult life. As an author, he wrote about the problems he saw in the country – including the treatment of children as laborers, in workhouses, and on the streets. When his books made him famous, he used his clout to push for social reforms, advocating for things like compulsory education for children, stricter child labor laws, sanitary improvements in the slums, and affordable housing.

Read more of this review at: http://econkids.rutgers.edu/older-children-and-young-adults-2011/2105-charles-di...
  EconKids | Dec 14, 2011 |
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