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Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London
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Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London Provoked by the horrors he saw every day Charles Dickens wrote novels that were originally intended as instruments for social change to save his country s children Charles Dickens is best known for h
  • Title: Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London
  • Author: Andrea Warren
  • ISBN: 9780547395746
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Provoked by the horrors he saw every day, Charles Dickens wrote novels that were originally intended as instruments for social change to save his country s children.Charles Dickens is best known for his contributions to the world of literature, but during his young life, Dickens witnessed terrible things that stayed with him families starving in doorways, babies being Provoked by the horrors he saw every day, Charles Dickens wrote novels that were originally intended as instruments for social change to save his country s children.Charles Dickens is best known for his contributions to the world of literature, but during his young life, Dickens witnessed terrible things that stayed with him families starving in doorways, babies being dropped on streets by mothers too poor to care for them, and a stunning lack of compassion from the upper class After his family went into debt and he found himself working at a shoe polish factory, Dickens soon realized that the members of the lower class were no different than he, and, even worse, they were given no chance to better themselves It was then that he decided to use his greatest talent, his writing ability, to tell the stories of those who had no voice.
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    1. Elizabeth says:

      Charles Dickens and The Street Children of London tells the tale of Dickens personal life, philanthropic work, and literary efforts to make the world a better place, and it tells that tale well As a biography, it s a very focused scope, with the intention of looking specifically at the impact the world had on Dickens and that Dickens had on the world.The writing style is straightforward, and highly readable The content is brilliantly displayed to show the information at hand, making it an intere [...]

    2. Sesana says:

      I admit, I ve read very little Dickens But I didn t need to have read much of his work to enjoy this short biography Warren connects Dickens s work with his progressive for Victorian England, at least social views, and shows how he used his writing to try to change his world Warren shows that he certainly helped But when I read how he d written A Christmas Carol because he wanted to change the common perception of the wealthy that the poor weren t deserving of help Well, there s still a long way [...]

    3. Richie Partington says:

      21 June 2011 CHARLES DICKENS AND THE STREET CHILDREN OF LONDON by Andrea Warren, Houghton Mifflin, November 2011, 160p ISBN 978 0 547 39574 6 Marley was dead to begin with There is no doubt whatever about that The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner Scrooge signed it And Scrooge s name was good upon Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to Charles Dickens.For half a dozen years I worked for a book retailer named after one o [...]

    4. Gayle says:

      What do artist William Hogarth, composer George Frideric Handel, and author Charles Dickens have in common They all produced at least some of their work to help support The Foundling Hospital of London in the 1800s, much like celebrities and artists today do to support a cause Charles Dickens, inspired by children who were homeless or living in dire poverty, began writing short stories, and then novels, to inform the English about the inhumane conditions that people especially children of what w [...]

    5. Jgrace says:

      Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London Andrea Warren4 starsThere 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 [...]

    6. BookSweetie says:

      Off the charts reward for very little investment of time I found this one in the TEEN book section of the library, but don t let that stop you, if you are no longer a young adult This is non fiction with fascinating content that s presented most appealingly While this book is NOT just about Dickens, it will serve well those readers who may know his books without much knowledge of the author And if you think you already know just about everything there is to know about Dickens, how about this wha [...]

    7. Joan says:

      This was really pretty good I can t give it 5 stars only because it didn t leave me gasping over how good it is The author shows how Dickens life influenced his books and called him one of the greatest and most successful social reformers She also notes at the end that the issues affecting children are still prevalent in many parts of the world She doesn t have anything really to say about homeless kids being taken advantage of in our country or Britain This lack is part of what lost her the fif [...]

    8. Lisa Nelms says:

      What a great book to read right before Christmas Dickens reminds us what the season is all about Andrea Warren did an excellent job of presenting the man behind the stories I think Dickens would be proud to have such a good writer present his work in contemporary times What happened then is still happening today Dickens made people aware of the exploration and mistreatment of children in Victorian England In Andrea s book she reminds us that there are children in China, India and Africa who live [...]

    9. Rilee says:

      Audience Intermediate and beyondAppeal Anyone who is interested in Charles Dickens life should read this It is extremely interesting, because the reader is taken on a journey into the workhouses, slums, factories, and schools of Victorian England, and into the world of Dickens He uses his pen to battle on behalf of the poor.Award School Library Journal 2011

    10. Kifflie says:

      This is an excellent look behind the stories that Dickens told about the plight of the poor in Victorian era England I had no idea how deliberately he was involved in this advocacy work, nor that he had once been on the verge of poverty himself as a youngster Well worth reading, and makes you appreciate how far society has come yet we still have a long way to go.

    11. Stacey M says:

      This is a fasinating look at Charle Dickens It talks about some of the great things he did and just how much he influenced the people of his time It also mentions other figures and how they influenced society and Dickens This is a great book for people interested in the author It would be great for middle grades and up.

    12. Amanda says:

      Really clear and informative As an adult this gave me a strong foundation for some research I was doing on Dickens This book would be accessible and helpful for students.

    13. Karina Petersen says:

      En fin oplysende bog dog med en del lidt l se teser, og s har bogen ogs et andet form l, som at donere penge til forskellige slags velg renhed til st tte for fattige Bogen er godt skrevet i et f ngende sprog, men jeg er desv rre ikke den helt store fan.

    14. Tori Stapleton says:

      Biography This candid biography of Charles Dickens traces many of his life experiences to his books It also discusses many influential people of his time and the effects of Dickens today.

    15. J.S. says:

      Charles Dickens is the most well known English writer of the 19th century His books like Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, and Great Expectations are still assigned reading in schools, and A Christmas Carol is performed in countless theaters every year and innumerable groups gather at Christmastime to spend an evening reading it together He has become such a part of our culture that his name sometimes replaces that of the Queen when referring to the Victorian Age And he was [...]

    16. Jess says:

      Life for children and the poor in Victorian London Hard Times.I entered thinking Dickens was a writer who cared about people and left knowing he was a social reformer who earned victory through writing and caring Book success.While 11 and working 12 hours days in a factory tying strings to bottles, he survived mostly on bread and cheese But, On one occasion he treated himself to a full meal at a chophouse and even left the waiter a tip That last bit tells you what you need to know about Dickens. [...]

    17. Adrienne says:

      While most of English society thought poor people deserved their lot in life and simply ignored those who were beneath them, Charles Dickens had a different opinion As a youth, his father s debts made it so Charles was denied the education he so desperately wanted and instead was forced to do menial labor As he did so, he saw how society, with its laws and regulations such as sending people to debtor s prison until they could pay their debt but not allowing them to work in order to earn money an [...]

    18. Barbara says:

      This thoroughly delightful and richly detailed biography of the author of several books that are literary classics and part of the school literary canon Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities describes his formative years and his youthful experiences working in a factory due to his father s financial woes Apparently, those formative experiences working alongside the other poor as well as his growing awareness of how difficult their daily lives were made an inde [...]

    19. Melody Savage says:

      Clean.A very readable informational text The writing is very well done, moving along with good coverage and yet resisting getting bogged down in too many facts and details Andrea Warren is able to show Dickens in a fair light, discussing both his strengths as human being and a writer and touching on his human weaknesses She does this so smoothly and colors history with life so well that I barely realized I was reading expository text.Just as in Dickens writing, there is a distinct humanitarian f [...]

    20. Emily says:

      I think I always knew it would have been terrible to be an impoverished child in 19th century London, but this book really confirms it I just assigned this book in my college YA class and it received very mixed reviews from my students Unsurprisingly, students who were interested in Dickens and cultural history loved it Students who could have cared less about either, didn t The title of the book suggests that it s going to be a biography and it is, sort of The first several chapters provide an [...]

    21. William says:

      I jumped on this the minute I finished Dodger Being a Dickens fan, I wanted to know exactly why he spent so much effort detailing the plight of London s poor This book was my answer It was easy to follow and contains valuable insight into his own history and experiences The illustrations and photos from Victorian times provided me with realistic imagery that I could take to my next reading The history discussed covers a great deal of information, including discussions about Queen Victoria hersel [...]

    22. Renee says:

      I am a huge fan of A Christmas Carol our family is now in its 3rd year of involvement with our local community theater s annual musical production My middle dd played Belinda in 08, she was student director in 10 and I m the producer this year Auditions are coming up in 2 wks so we don t yet know if either of my girls will be cast so I was very excited to be given the opportunity to read and review this book.Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London is being published by Houghton Mifflin [...]

    23. Denise Spicer says:

      Historical nonfiction for kids about Charles Dickens and his time period Covers some biographical details about Dickens life and writings and his impact on the reforms of the Victorian Era Some editorializing by the author detracts.

    24. Renae says:

      As a general rule, I don t read very much nonfiction for pleasure Since I have to read it for my job, I tend to avoid it in my personal choices.This title, however, is a case where I m glad I made an exception Andrea Warren s book about Charles Dickens is one of the most reader friendly nonfiction pieces I ve read in a long time I took an upper level literature class in college about Dickens and London, and I still came out of reading this book having learned a great deal.The uniqueness in the a [...]

    25. Heidi-Marie says:

      This book does as its title says gives you information about Charles Dickens with a focus on children Part of that made me think that the entire book was aimed at kids Much of the writing seemed like it was for the younger crowd But there are topics references in there that make me comfortable that we cataloged the book for YA Not that one can t introduce a child to them, but they weren t introduced in the book They were just spoken of like a child should know what they are or mean In spite of [...]

    26. Kathy says:

      I found this a particularly fascinating book because it is a part of my family history One side of my ancestry were very poor Londoners, in fact East Enders or Cockneys My great grandmother spent her childhood years in a workhouse because her widowed mother was too poor to care for her and her siblings What an honest and realistic look at the plight of the children of London in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries This book probes how the writings of Charles Dickens enlightened people to [...]

    27. Rebecca Reid says:

      I had never before read a biography of Charles Dickens, but having read 7 works by the author, I ve generated a good idea of the issues that are important to him.Andrea Warren s new biography for young readers wonderfully captures the man and his stories Although Charles Dickens and the Street Child of London Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to be published September 26, 2011 was a short book, I finished it was a greater appreciation and understanding for Charles Dickens, an eagerness to read the rest [...]

    28. Alyssa Anderson says:

      Primary Non Fiction.This book tells of Charles Dickens early life as a poor child working in factories when his father was sent to debtor s prison and how those experiences influenced his writing and how his writing influenced the way of life for millions of London s poor children in the future Since Charles Dickens was such an enigmatic literary figure in London, I think the book The Trouble begins at 8 A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West would be a very compatible book since it tells t [...]

    29. Alicia says:

      A uniquely informative book about Charles Dickens upbringing and how it led to his monumental short stories, books and ultimate success fighting for street children in London in the form of fundraising, befriending others and creating homes for the sick and orphaned children, and taking notice when no one else would Sadly, he never shared his own crappy childhood which left his father and at one point his mother and the other children in a debtors prison while they worked off their debt because [...]

    30. Tom Franklin says:

      This book for children is part biography of Charles Dickens and part history of child welfare in England A reader looking for Dickens specific background material would make a good start here, as the author describes his early upbringing and the factors that instilled the necessity to enact social change through his writing Warren makes several asides as well, providing brief biographies of some of the men who, before Dickens time, laid the groundwork for some of the institutions that Dickens fo [...]

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