i started reading this book with my kids a couple of weeks ago. it's an abridgment, by charles dickens himself, of his book a christmas carol. it's not simplified in its language, just shortened (but still long enough that it might take us until christmas to finish), so i've been impressed with how attentive and interested my kids have been. dickens can be tricky, especially if you're young, so there's been just as much of discussing the plot and language of the book as there has been of reading the book.
it's what i crave more often than not.
christmas devotional that my church broadcasts every year, president monson mentioned that he rereads this story every year at christmastime. at the mention of charles dickens and his book my kids immediately perked up and grinned at me, so excited and proud that they knew and were reading the very same book.