A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens first appeared in 1843, and 170 years later, it's still a popular tale, ever subject to adaptations, as this miniature book testifies. The story line is simple, a "tight-fisted, mean-spirited mercenary," is forced to face who he was, is, and will become, all on the night before Christmas. Thanks to the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come he is transformed, and awakes on Christmas morning a new man!
The book has been abridged and adapted by Jane Parker Resnick for children and beautifully illustrated by Christian Birmingham, an English illustrator, noted for his "holiday-themed picture books." A miniature book sized, 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches, it's perfectly sized for small hands.
Miniature books are normally less than three inches, should be readable with the naked eye, and easily handled. Their size makes them extremely portable and extremely fetching. There is something about them that generates interest and causes us to look at what is basically familiar with new eyes.
An annual read for me, A Christmas Carol, is a good reminder of the transformative power that exists within each of us to become our better selves.
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