Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Christmas Carol

Winchester and I hoped you enjoyed our little production of "Winchester's Christmas Carol." We based our story somewhat on the old TV program, "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol." But we also used The Writer's favorite edition of the Charles Dickens' book.

This version has illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman, who is one of The Writer's all-time favorite illustrators (don't ever ask The Writer who her favorite illustrators are--she'll keep you there a week). The cover isn't that easy to see here, but it's magical with snow falling on a busy London street and those wonderful faces turned toward the joys of Christmas. The first word of each chapter has a little black and white drawing worked into the first letter. The chapters end with a black and white drawings, too. Trina Schart Hyman was a master with pen and ink. The important scenes are shown in the color plates. My favorite is the one of Jacob Marley's ghost appearing to a skeptical Scrooge.

Look for the book in your library (it was published in 1983). It makes a great read-aloud. There are five chapters so if you start reading tomorrow night, you'll finish by Christmas Eve.

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