Tales of Charles Dickens — in honor of today, the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens's birth.
But, alas, I cannot find my copy.
I do remember knowing at some point that I had just one copy in my possession, but I don't recall ever knowing that number had dwindled to just none. I'm thinking I left it behind during a school visit at which I displayed a number of my titles. So, darn that all.
The tales in this book are my retellings of favorite Dickens stories: "The Signalman," "Births: To Mrs.
Meek, a Son," "Please, Sir, I Want Some More," "Hunted Down," and "To Be
Read at Dusk." I wrote them specifically for reluctant readers (RL 3.2 / IL 4–9), and I enjoyed every minute of making the stories more accessible for younger kids. What writer or editor wouldn't love to work with a master storyteller's original tales?
Do you love that cover illustration as much as I do? The talented Sue Cornelison created it.
While I can't share a snippet from my book honoring Mr. Dickens, I can now stop beating around the bush (or maybe I've been beating a dead horse, given the anticlimactic nature of the extended mention of my own book I do not own) and share this delightful Washington Post piece giving props to Dickens's expert command of the verbose.
And, thank you for the stories, CD!