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(in full The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home) Short tale written by Charles Dickens as a Christmas book for 1845 but published in 1846. The title creature is a sort of barometer of life at the home of John Peerybingle and his much younger wife Dot. When things go well, the cricket on the hearth chirps; it is silent when there is sorrow. Tackleton, a jealous old man, poisons John's mind about Dot, but the cricket through its supernatural powers restores John's confidence and all ends happily. --The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With the publication of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens almost single-handedly created the genre of the "Christmas story." And while that beloved classic remains among the best known in the field, Dickens also wrote a number of other delightful tales associated with Yuletide.
This volume features three of the best. Combining realism with fantasy, and with kindness and affection for the poor a dominant theme, they include the title story, a charming tale of a pleasant and simple home life; "The Holly-Tree," a lighthearted story of love reclaimed in a quiet country inn; and "The Haunted House," an entertaining account of a belligerent ghost's effect on the lives of those with whom he shares a home.
Written with Dickens's familiar flair for characterization, comic incident, and the picturesque, these stories will delight readers with their unusual charms and nostalgic re-creation of Victorian Christmases past.
Original Dover (1994) selection of stories reprinted from a standard edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Later Edition edition (October 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048628039X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486280394
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Hayes on November 21, 2015
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I'm not sure whether this was one of Dickens many compilations of short stories, but this novel reads more like the Mad Hatter wrote it for children. Hate to be harsh, but I'm on a mission to get through Dickens writings and this is another Dickens mediocre.
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The first few pages were confusing and slow. Difficult to get into. But once things became clear, the rest was easily followed and enjoyed. Interesting that Dickens considered this among his Christmas Books series. It was heart warming and a quick, easy read. But not close to A Christmas Story.
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This story was...odd. The very ending was okay, but the bulk of it just seemed pointless. There wasn't a clear purpose to the story. Any plot was largely undefined until right at the end. The storytelling style was also rather quirky, with some asides that I can only imagine as a storyteller's asides to children, except many of them don't seem like the kinds of things one says to children. It isn't awful, but it really isn't worth the time investment to read it, either.
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Although short and simple,this book contains many of the attributes that make Dickens such a great author. The subtle humor and excessively emotionalized characters capture the reader's attention and make the book highly enjoyable.
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I am a longtime fan of Charles Dickens, so, not too surprised that I liked this, as well. A shorter novel, it introduces each character thoroughly, beginning with the family who belong to the Cricket. Mr. Dickens weaves a world that is easy to see, and includes his trademark touches of humor - such as the baby's nanny, and the boxer dog. Spend some time with the Cricket on the Hearth. You won't regret it!
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This short novel yet again showcases Dickens' dry wit. Typical of Dickens, The Cricket on the Hearth makes a statement about social customs and societal mores of the 19th century. This is one of Dicken's less serious works and is an 'easy read'. Ricardo Silverburn, children's author.
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Great little love story about two people others would see as mismatched. Their story is intertwined with the usual Dickens' characters,those with nasty dispositions and wealth and of course the opposite, the downtrodden and sickly. But then there is always the surprise at the end!
I am so glad that I found this book on Kindle, and for free at that, I could not put it down once I started reading it.
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Just wanted to give potential buyers a warning that your copy, like mine, might have 'shifted plates'? Not sure what to call it but every page was double printed causing a ghosting effect throughout the book. Unfortunately it's unreadable.
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