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You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

We Can't Help But Make a Fuss Over Charles Dickens

Today marks 203 years since the birth of Charles Dickens.  He may not have wanted a monument in his honor, but last year (on what would have been his 202nd birthday) a five foot sculpture of him was unveiled in Great Britain, with three of his great great great grandchildren present!

Tom, Lydia, and Oliver Dickens [photo source]

And what did those grandchildren do?  Took selfies with their GGG Grandfather, of course!  Oliver Dickens, nine, said: ‘It feels really special. I’ve read his books and love Oliver Twist the best.’ [source]

Oliver Dickens eye to eye with his ancestor, Charles (source)

The life-size bronze, by sculptor Martin Jennings, was put on display in the Guildhall Square in Portsmouth, the city in which Dickens was born.  Read my past post about Dicken's birthplace, here.

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