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Cricket on the Hearth
     

Cricket on the Hearth

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by Charles Dickens
 

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As this tale begins it paints a beautiful picture of a happy household and of 19th century English country life. The arival of a mysterious stranger threatens to shatter this harmony. A masterful story of love and loyalty.

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As this tale begins it paints a beautiful picture of a happy household and of 19th century English country life. The arival of a mysterious stranger threatens to shatter this harmony. A masterful story of love and loyalty.

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"By handling the fairytale in his own manner, he is able to be touching on his own terms. I found tears starting to my eyes."  —Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809594573
Publisher:
Wildside Press
Publication date:
03/08/2004
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.25(d)

Meet the Author

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 - 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.
Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1812
Date of Death:
June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:
Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:
Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:
Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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The Cricket On The Hearth 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
When we think of Charles Dickens and Christmas stories, the first thing that comes to our mind is The Christmas Carol. But Dickens also published a couple of other Christmas stories. I first became acquainted with The Cricket on the Heart in a slightly abridged version in an old book, The Mary Frances Story Book, that somehow got passed down to me from some ancestor. I know that the book is old because it is falling apart and because I can remember it on our bookshelves from my youngest days (and it was old then!). I read the whole book, including The Cricket on the Heart, to both Mark and Jeremy. The Cricket on the Hearth is a pleasant and instructive story, as is true of most of Dickens's work. A few years ago, Karen bought some Christmas DVDs, and a cartoon version of The Cricket on the Hearth was among them. There are many, many differences between the book and the video, but it is still a nice story that the whole family can watch together. Also, sometime later, Karen bought some books that included a compilation (published in 2005 by Scholastic Inc., 90 Old Sherman Turnpike, Danbury, CT 06816) of The Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth, and another Christmas story by Dickens, The Holly Tree. Those who wish to avoid any mention of Christmas will, of course, want to stay away from such stories, but otherwise, for those of us who realize that we live in a world where people do celebrate Christmas and feel that we can observe the warmth of the season without necessarily giving it any religious significance, they are interesting reading.
Jbmorrow More than 1 year ago
Though no where near as poignant as A Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth is worth the read for fans of Dickens. A tale of fidelity and enduring love, this novel is both uplifting and endearing. With elements of a dramatic comedy, the tale reminded me of Old English theater, as well as the ballet, La Fille Mal Gardee. I truly enjoyed the classic wit of Dickens and the charm of his innocent characters.
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