This title is a new paperback edition of the atmospheric picture book based on the classic story by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited, nasty old man who holds everything in contempt - even Christmas! But when three spirits visit him one ghostly Christmas Eve, Scrooge is taken on a journey into the past, present and future that will change him forever.
The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales. These Christmas Stories in a whimsical kind of masque which the good humour of the season justified, to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land.
Easy to use in the classroom or as a tool for revision, Oxford Literature Companion Workbooks provide student-friendly support for a range of popular GCSE set texts. Each write-in workbook offers a range of varied and in-depth activities to deepen understanding and encourage close work with the text, covering characters, themes, language and contexts. Each workbook also includes a comprehensive Skills and Practice section, which provides advice on assessment and sample student exam answers. This workbook covers A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Mr Scrooge is a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, miserable old man. Nobody stops him in the street to say a cheery hello; nobody would dare ask him for a favour. And I hope you'd never be so foolish as to wish him a 'Merry Christmas'! Scrooge doesn't believe in Christmas, charity, kindness - or ghosts. But one cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unusual visitors who show him just how very mistaken he's been... BACKSTORY: Learn all about how the author Charles Dickens invented Christmas!