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In this unabridged version of the original 1843 edition, the classic tale is illustrated with full-color paintings and black-and-white drawings that brilliantly recapture an era and bring Dickens's characters vividly to life. "Michael Foreman's illustrations have brought new life and charm to a story we all know." -- Parents Magazine


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In this unabridged version of the original 1843 edition, the classic tale is illustrated with full-color paintings and black-and-white drawings that brilliantly recapture an era and bring Dickens's characters vividly to life. "Michael Foreman's illustrations have brought new life and charm to a story we all know." -- Parents Magazine

30 review for A Christmas Carol (Great Illustrated Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nadia

    A very good classic book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bekah

    It's just not Christmas Eve without reading this. While I enjoyed the illustrations in this edition, I was less than thrilled with the rephrasing of certain passages. It took away the impact, in my view. But still well done and I'm glad to have read it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brandon O'Neill

    I loved looking though Great Illustrated Classics when I was little and the time was right for this story. Good reminder each December.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anni

    One simply can not go wrong with Charles Dickens.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I hadn't ever read this so it was fun reading it aloud with the kids. We've all watched The Muppet Christmas Carol so we know the story but they really enjoyed seeing the differences between the two versions and trying to figure out why certain parts were different. They loved listening to it and looking at the pictures. It's a good story but certainly not something I would love if it wasn't already such a big part of our holiday traditions. It just isn't believable that someone would change so I hadn't ever read this so it was fun reading it aloud with the kids. We've all watched The Muppet Christmas Carol so we know the story but they really enjoyed seeing the differences between the two versions and trying to figure out why certain parts were different. They loved listening to it and looking at the pictures. It's a good story but certainly not something I would love if it wasn't already such a big part of our holiday traditions. It just isn't believable that someone would change so drastically literally overnight. But the message is one I want my kids to remember and it's a story we all enjoyed together and that makes it pretty good in my book! I think everyone should read this at least once.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marty Monforte

    "A Christmas Carol" is often read in the month of December. People of different ages read this book during this time period. It features memorable characters and a famous plot. Within literature is the concept of the "person who changes." Sometimes during the course of a story a principal character changes. The events of the story change the character and in some cases make the character a better person. "Scrooge" is one of the most famous characters in all of literature who experiences a change "A Christmas Carol" is often read in the month of December. People of different ages read this book during this time period. It features memorable characters and a famous plot. Within literature is the concept of the "person who changes." Sometimes during the course of a story a principal character changes. The events of the story change the character and in some cases make the character a better person. "Scrooge" is one of the most famous characters in all of literature who experiences a change during the story. The Great Illustrated Classics are adapted versions of classics in literature. These versions are written at a 5th grade level. Every other page features an illustration that corresponds to the page before it. These books are good for students to read or have read to them during a read aloud by teachers or parents. These classics express the basic plots off these stories well. At the beginning of the novel, the character of Scrooge is established. He has a negative attitude towards Christmas and does not like his employee, Bob Cratchit, to have a day off with pay. He also does not like the hopeful and optimistic attitude of his nephew Fred who has a positive view of Christmas. Both Bob Cratchit and Fred have views on Christmas that stand in stark contrast to Scrooge's pessimistic attitude towards Christmas. The meetings between Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past and Christmas present are well described. Scrooge gradually experiences a change in attitude in perspective because of the conversations with the ghosts. This helps to develop the plot of the story. This version effectively expresses the plot of the story. The basic story is presented in an adapted manner for elementary and middle school students. This adapted version teaches young people the basic plot of a classic story. I would recommend this book for parents who wanted to read a good story to their sons and daughters. I would also recommend the book to teachers who wanted to read a good book for a read aloud. Young and independent readers would also benefit from reading this book. I read this book to my students, and they seemed to benefit from the story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sara Tiede

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Especially for this series of abridgments, this is an excellent one! Longer books presented by this publisher have a tendency to get butchered inthei intent- no actions are cut if possible, so to keep them short, the dialog and or reactions and repercussions of the action are erased. Not a good trade off all the time. Happily, A Christmas Carol is already pretty short, so the only real "cut" is that there is no description of the qastrel children with the Ghost of Christmas Present. He simply le Especially for this series of abridgments, this is an excellent one! Longer books presented by this publisher have a tendency to get butchered inthei intent- no actions are cut if possible, so to keep them short, the dialog and or reactions and repercussions of the action are erased. Not a good trade off all the time. Happily, A Christmas Carol is already pretty short, so the only real "cut" is that there is no description of the qastrel children with the Ghost of Christmas Present. He simply leaves with a final warning about "want and greed" who would destroy mankind. I got to read this with my seven year old for the first time this year, so I didn't miss the change too much. (Spoilers for those who haven't read the unabridged original start here) And reading with a first grader, modern language was what I was mostly looking for, and exactly what I got! We still got to actually see all the memories with the first Ghost, the sprinkling of Christmas spirit and all the visitations of the second, miner home and lighthouse and all, and we still saw Scrooge's body under the sheet with the final Ghost. All the finer details of the full novel were still there! I was very grateful for this lovely rendition of one of my favorites to share with my young child!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Arwen

    This is a children's version that has pictures on every other page. But it was timely to read it before Christmas. I also want to say that I've read all of my YA books before my kids (someday) will be able to read them.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Scrooge, an unpleasant old man, scorns Christmas and the Christmas spirit. But Scrooge has a lesson in store for him. Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future pay him a visit on Christmas Eve and changed his life forever. Some parts of the story was sad. I will re_read this book again!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Great version for elementary age students.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hofacker

    I read this to my two younger boys a little at a time each night. I'm not sure if they enjoyed it, but I did :-) I like the Great Illustrated Classics versions of books for reading to younger kids.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sam Weigert

    Same as the other Great Illustrated Classics.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I read this book to my second grade class during the Christmas season. It is a beautiful classic that my students and I greatly enjoyed!

  14. 4 out of 5

    LC Yü

    Unpredictable for me. A must-read book. Impressive! Suites for all ages :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Jay

    My son enjoys the illustrations that go along with the story. It's a nice way to introduce a child to some classics.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Catarina

    Yesterday I started reading the book “A Christmas Carol” by Malvina G. Vogel. So far it is a very interesting book and I really enjoy it. The protagonist is Ebenezer Scrooge and he is a very grumpy and miserable man. He is rude to everyone and doesn’t like people. This chapter starts off by Scrooge working in his office counting the money for his server Bob Crachit. Later on his two nephews come in his office and start singing Christmas songs. Scrooge cant handle this much noise and tells them t Yesterday I started reading the book “A Christmas Carol” by Malvina G. Vogel. So far it is a very interesting book and I really enjoy it. The protagonist is Ebenezer Scrooge and he is a very grumpy and miserable man. He is rude to everyone and doesn’t like people. This chapter starts off by Scrooge working in his office counting the money for his server Bob Crachit. Later on his two nephews come in his office and start singing Christmas songs. Scrooge cant handle this much noise and tells them to be quiet and to leave. His nephews invite him for a charismas dinner but he rejects it. A while later Scrooge turn to Bob and gives him the money and the Christmas day off. Scrooge goes to his apartment. Before he gets in the door something creepy happens… the doorknob turns into his dead business partner Marly’s face. Scrooge isn’t really freaked out yet. He goes and the house but everything seems fine. The next part is the part that something interesting happens. All the bells in Scrooge’s house start to ring and then Marly’s ghost come wrapped in chains. Scrooge is stressed and thinks that this can only mean that the 3 ghosts are about to come. The ghost gets out of the house and goes to the window and suddenly a lot of ghosts similar to that one come and join the first ghost. The ghosts disappear. Scrooge tries to forget about all those things but he can’t so he just goes to sleep. This book so far is being very interesting. I recommend it to someone that loves Christmas and kind of mysteries. This book so far has great vocabulary that is very easy to undersand such as “There was nothing of high mark in this. They were not a handsome family; they were not well dressed; their shoes were far from being water-proof; their clothes were scanty; and Peter might have known, and very likely did, the inside of a pawnbroker's. But, they were happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contented with the time; and when they faded, and looked happier yet in the bright sprinklings of the Spirit's torch at parting, Scrooge had his eye upon them, and especially on Tiny Tim, until the last. (Vogel 38) Clearly there is no hard vocabulary and it is all very clear to me and to ither people. This book also has alot of dialetc which is always interesting. So far i would tottaly recomend this book. Friday December 19th 2014 We left off last Friday when Scrooge went to sleep and the first ghost. Now he wakes up in the morning and realises he slept the whole night.He thinks it was a dream. When the clock hits 1 his window opens and a ghost and a small kid appear.The story describes the ghost as very weird. There is one important thing about this ghost, its the ghost of christmas past. You are probably wondering what is the ghost of christmas past? it is a ghost that brings back scrooge to christmas day when he was younger.The ghost takes Scrooge to many places but the first one is his school. On christmas everyone went to christmas break but scrooge didn't. Scrooge gets emotion and starts crying which he never does. The second place is also a christmas when his little sister comes and picks him up. Unfortunately his sister is dead. These couple chapter have been interesting to me because it is interesting to feel how scrooge felt when he was younger. In this book you can feel the emotions that the character is feeling. I find that really cool. this chapter has a couple words i don't understand but not much. There is a lot of dialect which is always fun and interesting to read. At least for me. So far i recumbent this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Larry Piper

    I thought I'd like to re-read this one. So my spouse handed me a copy. It was a real copy. But then, she took that copy away and left me reading this "adapted" copy. That is, someone (Malvina G. Vogel) decided they could do a better job than Dickens writing the English language, or something. In all fairness, I think this was a kids' edition, and needed to be a bit shorter/more straightforward than what the master himself produced. Dickens does, after all, tend to blather away in such a way as t I thought I'd like to re-read this one. So my spouse handed me a copy. It was a real copy. But then, she took that copy away and left me reading this "adapted" copy. That is, someone (Malvina G. Vogel) decided they could do a better job than Dickens writing the English language, or something. In all fairness, I think this was a kids' edition, and needed to be a bit shorter/more straightforward than what the master himself produced. Dickens does, after all, tend to blather away in such a way as to entertain adults, but, perhaps, mostly befuddle 11-year olds. Anyway, is is a Dickens storyline, and you'd have a hard time doing better than that. I've read this story before, alone and in groups, and also seen multiple film adaptations. With Dickens, the story never grows old. This version had lots of nice drawings to reinforce the text. I liked them. Next time, however, I'll hunt up a real Dickens version, illustrations or no.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Renée Fornelli

    This is a classic for a reason: it is well-written, insightful, and unforgettable. I have taught the original version to my high school students for several years, and while this version was, at times, a little easier to understand it was essentially the same. It made me tear up, as always, when Scrooge has a change of heart, and renews my belief that most people are genuinely good. This was the perfect choice to read at this time of year. Snuggle up with a child, a blanket, some hot cocoa, and This is a classic for a reason: it is well-written, insightful, and unforgettable. I have taught the original version to my high school students for several years, and while this version was, at times, a little easier to understand it was essentially the same. It made me tear up, as always, when Scrooge has a change of heart, and renews my belief that most people are genuinely good. This was the perfect choice to read at this time of year. Snuggle up with a child, a blanket, some hot cocoa, and enjoy!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jon Erautt23550

    I think this is a great book it clearly explains everything about the protagonist and clearly explains his story as going through the different characters.I also love this books ending because it sums up all the problems throughout the story and helps the protagonist.I love this book Because it clearly explains everything needed and has a great story line.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Estevan Alvarado

    Book is special adapted version for kids of Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol". It was a quick easy read of the traditional Dickens classic. I found book at a Thrift Store and bought it. I still need to the original classic one day.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    This is a classic Christmas story. It's about Scrooge who is a mean old man who hates everything. On Christmas 3 ghosts visit him to help him change his ways. Could he die in the near future and have no one feeling sorry about his death. Read the book to find out if he changes his mean ways.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sanz

    This book has become a tradition to read with my children each year. I absolutely love this classic and so do they. It is likely one of their favorites (and mine). They know the story well and love to reenact it themselves, go to the play and read many versions of it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    No matter how many times you've heard this story, seen the play or watched the movie, reading this novel is a wonderful experience. I thoroughly enjoyed Dickens beautiful writing and this classic story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lilmizzadi ...

    i cnt be boderd to write bout it But ive red it 2be continued

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beth (MrsGinTN)

    FBC Category: Read a book from the Lost Book Club

  26. 5 out of 5

    Krista Roberts

    I really like this book

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    I can't believe I've never read this book before. I loved the writing, and of course the moral to the story is great.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Natasia Angel

    The story is kind of cute (since it's for kids anyway). Fun, easy reading and it probably only takes a few hours to finish it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    angie mohr

    We really love adding these great illustrated classics!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ricci

    Classic story. I prefer the easy to read version for the kids. They enjoyed the story and the pictures on every other page. It really kept their attention.

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