Clearly a literary great, Charles Dickens gave his gifts to the world many years ago with his classic tales. Enjoy Dickens' imagination as you read two of his classic Christmas short stories, "A Christmas Tree" and "The Child's Story."
A beautiful Christmas-themed, touch-and-feel board book!
THE day before Christmas, in the year of our Lord 722. Broad snow-meadows glistening white along the banks of the river Moselle; pallid hill-sides blooming with mystic roses where the glow of the setting sun still lingered upon them; an arch of clearest, faintest azure bending overhead; in the center of the aerial landscape of the massive walls of the cloister of Pfalzel, gray to the east, purple to the west; silence over all, -a gentle, eager, conscious stillness, diffused through the air like perfume, as if earth and sky were hushing themselves to hear the voice of the river faintly murmuring down the valley.
A Christmas Carol is about an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge has devoted his life to the becoming rich, but undergoes a profound change over the course of a Christmas Eve night. He is visited by three spirits over three nights, and each of them has a lesson to pass onto him. After meeting the three ghosts, Scrooge changes his life and reverts to the generous, kindhearted soul he was in his youth.
When Sally and Nick's maple tree won't grow, the Cat in the Hat knows who to call-Dr. Twiggles-who suggests they inspect its roots. A trip underground in the Thinga-ma-jigger is undertaken, and sure enough, the maple tree needs water (which Things One and Two procure in ridiculous overabundance) and sun (which the Cat suppliments with a Brighta-ma-lighter). But as for getting syrup from the young sapling? That will take some 40 years! Written specifically for children learing how to read with help, this Step into Reading book is based on an episode of the PBS Kids preschool science show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! It is perfect for springtime reading, Earth and Arbor Day celebrations, and yes-even pancake breakfasts!
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