Charles Dickens. A Christmas carol. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: Heinemann, 1972.
Although not written specifically for children, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas carol has long been considered a worthy moral story for the perusal of younger folk, with its simple emphasis on Scrooge’s choice between a benevolent life and a selfish one. Dickens believed a deeply-felt Christmas story with themes of poverty and social injustice was a more effective way of reaching a wide audience than through polemical pamphlets and essays. A Christmas carol can be read as a simple morality tale composed with pathos and an underlying theme of redemption.
First written in 1843, A Christmas carol has been subsequently republished in a number of notable child-friendly illustrated editions. The edition illustrated by Arthur Rackham first appeared in 1915 and has since been frequently reprinted.