1. books read: we read four of the five books in our collection ...
- A Christmas Carol; and watched a couple of different versions: Alistair Sims as Scrooge (excellent as only he can be!), George C. Scott as Scrooge (pretty darn good althought Scott is a bit too healthy), Disney's animated take (with the voice of Jim Carrey and surprisingly good if a bit scary -- too spooky for little ones?). The writing in this one is marvelous to read-aloud and the story is classic! We thought the best film version (that is, closest to Dickens' words) would have to be, surprisingly, the Disney version!
- The Chimes; and watched a claymation version (only 28 minutes) that was fabulous! Actually kept to the story and especially the message of the book. This is a great story that is often overlooked in Dickens' collections -- well worth reading ... and reading aloud to the kids makes the story come alive for them.
- The Cricket on the Hearth ; we watched an animated version of this done in the 70s that only kept the title and a few characters' names but otherwise was NOTHING like the original story, which was GREAT! This was a bit rough -- had to plow our way thru the first section ... than Dickens had us and we were hooked!
- The Battle of Life; maybe, since this was our fourth Dickens book and Christmas was waning, the kids (and I) didn't like this as much as the other three. It's a good story, just a bit yawn-inducing ... obviously Dickens was getting paid by the quantity and not necessarily the quality of his writing on this one.
We hope you enjoyed your Advent and Christmas units ... any suggestions for a theme for next year?