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Classic Books for Children Giveaway: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Ends Sept 30th

We would like to thank all our readers for taking a journey with us into the classics. We hope to see you same time next year for our 2nd Annual Classic Books for Children Giveaway events/reviews and giveaways. I will like to end this Classic Books for Children Giveaway month with Great Expections by Charles Dickens. First lets take a look at Dickens Farewell Readings and his death.

Farewell readings
Between 1868 and 1869, Dickens gave a series of “farewell readings” in England, Scotland, and Ireland, until he collapsed on 22 April 1869, at Preston in Lancashire showing symptoms of a mild stroke. After further provincial readings were cancelled, he began work on his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In an opium den in Shadwell, he witnessed an elderly pusher known as “Opium Sal”, who subsequently featured in his mystery novel. When he had regained sufficient strength, Dickens arranged, with medical approval, for a final series of readings at least partially to make up to his sponsors what they had lost due of his illness. There were to be twelve performances, running between 11 January and 15 March 1870, the last taking place at 8:00 pm at St. James’s Hall in London. Although in grave health by this time, he read A Christmas Carol and The Trial from Pickwick. On 2 May, he made his last public appearance at a Royal Academy Banquet in the presence of the Prince and Princess of Wales, paying a special tribute to the passing of his friend, illustrator Daniel Maclise.
Death of Charles Dickens
On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home, after a full day’s work on Edwin Drood. The next day, on 9 June, and five years to the day after the Staplehurst crash, he died at Gad’s Hill Place never having regained consciousness. Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral “in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner”, he was laid to rest in the Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey.[39] A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads: “To the Memory of Charles Dickens (England’s most popular author) who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years. He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England’s greatest writers is lost to the world.” Dickens’s last words, as reported in his obituary in The Times were alleged to have been: “Be natural my children. For the writer that is natural has fullfilled all the rules of art”.


Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens. It was first published in serial form in the publication all the year around  from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. It has been adapted for stage and screen over 250 times. 

Great Expectations is written in the first person from the point of view of the orphan Pip. The novel, like much of Dickens’s work, draws on his experiences of life and people.

Plot Summary:

On Christmas Eve, around 1812, Pip, a boy around the age of six, encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard while visiting his mother’s, father’s and younger brothers’ graves. The convict scares Pip into stealing food for him and a file to grind away his leg shackles. He warns Pip not to tell anyone and to do as he says or he will cut out Pip’s heart and liver. Pip returns home, where he lives with his older sister Mrs. Joe, whose name is later revealed to be Georgiana Maria, and her husband Joe Gargery. His sister is very cruel and beats him as well as her husband with various objects regularly; however, Joe is much kinder to Pip. Pip’s sister, called Mrs. Joe throughout the novel, often reminds Pip that she was the one who “brought him up by hand”. Early the next morning, Pip steals food and drink from the Gargery pantry (including a pie for their Christmas feast) and sneaks out to the graveyard. It is the first time in Pip’s life he has felt truly guilty.

During Christmas dinner with the minister Mr. Wopsle, Mr. and Mrs. Hubble, and Uncle Pumblechook, Pip’s and Mrs. Joe’s moderately wealthy uncle, nobody notices the missing food or brandy until Uncle Pumblechook drinks some brandy and spits it out. Pip realizes that he filled the brandy jug not with water, but with tar-water (a foul-tasting tonic made of pine tar and water often used for medicinal purposes), instead. He had brought some of the brandy to the convict and had to replace it somehow. Pip sits at the table being told how lucky he is by all the relatives all the while in fear that someone will notice the missing pie. However, the moment his sister goes to the pantry to retrieve the pie and discovers it is missing, soldiers approach the house and ask Joe to repair their handcuffs and invite Joe, Pip and Mr. Wopsle to come with them to hunt for some escaped prisoners from the local jail. As they hunt through the marshes outside the village, they accost two convicts while engaged in a fight. One of them is the convict helped by Pip; the convict freely confesses to the theft of the file and “some wittles” (i.e. victuals) in order to shield Pip. The police take the two to the Hulk, a giant prison ship, and Pip is carried home by Joe, where they finish Christmas dinner. A while after Pip’s encounter with the convict, Pip’s life returns to normal. He continues to attend the local school which is run by Mr. Wopsle’s great-aunt, and becomes friends with Biddy, an orphan who was adopted by the Wopsles; even though no more was said of the incident with the convict and he has been absolved of any wrongdoing, he still feels guilty for the theft. A wealthy old woman named Miss Havisham asks Pip’s Uncle Pumblechook to find a boy of a certain age and bring him to her home to play. Pumblechook immediately selects Pip and brings him to Miss Havisham’s, who lives in the village in Satis House. Miss Havisham is a spinster who wears an old wedding dress with one shoe on and has all the house clocks stopped at 20 minutes to nine. She has not seen sunlight in years and claims that she just wants to see Pip play cards with Estella, a young girl she has adopted. To read more click

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Family Literacy and You presents Pinocchio

Book Review and Giveaway: The old wood-carver Geppetto decides to make a wonderful puppet which can dance and turn somersaults, but by chance he chooses an unusual piece of wood – and the finished puppet can talk and misbehave like the liveliest child. But Pinocchio is brave and inquisitive as well as naughty, and after some hair-raising adventures, he earns his heart’s desire. To read more click



Classic Books for Children Giveaway: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Ends Sept 17th

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Family Literacy and You & Mymcbooks Blog welcome you to our 1st Annual Classic Reading for Kids Event.

We want to make sure that you and your child don’t forget the classics books. We will feature books reviews and biography of chosen classic authors. We’ll also giveaway free classic books for the month of September. We will feature 1 giveaway a week and the winner will be selected via

Mymcbooks has chosen Charles Dickens. We feature our 2nd classic book for the week of the 11th . This week is David Copperfield.


David Copperfield is the character after which the 1850 Charles Dickens novel, David Copperfield, was named. The character is widely thought to be based on Dickens himself, using many elements of his own childhood.

David Copperfield is first introduced in the novel when he is born on a Friday in March in the early 19th century. The pet of his mother Clara Copperfield and faithful nursemaid Peggotty, David lives an idyllic life for the first few years of his life, even though he is fatherless – David Copperfield Sr. died 6 months before his son’s birth. David’s happy childhood is marred by the arrival of his stepfather, Edward Murdstone, and David suffers both physical and mental abuse from his new guardian.

David is soon sent off to Salem House school for biting Murdstone, and is consistently bullied until he befriends the popular James Steerforth. David performs well and is the resident storyteller, until he is forced to return home upon the death of his mother and baby half-brother. Because of his hate for the child, Murdstone and his sister decide to send David to work in the family bottling factory.

Life at the factory is miserable, even though David is befriended by the penniless Mr. Micawber. and he soon runs away to his Aunt Betsey Trotwood in Dover, Aunt Betsey adopts him and sends him to Dr. Strong’s private school in Canterbury, where David meets his best friend Agnes Wickfield, as well as the slimy Uriah Heep.

The rest of the novel outlines David’s struggles through life and his involvement in other plotlines, including his friendship and consequent disillusionment with James Steerforth; his assistance to the destroyed Peggotty family; his concern and suspicion for the Wickfield, Micawber, and Strong families as they are being harassed by Uriah Heep, and the development of his beginning writing career. As David juggles these problems he also must deal with his passionate, sincere, but highly impractical love for the innocent Dora Spenlow. After a humorously sentimental courtship, David marries Dora, whom he loves despite her uselessness in household chores. She soon falls ill and dies, leaving David single and heartbroken. He travels throughout Europe, during which time he publishes his first (unnamed) novel with the help of old school-friend Thomas Traddles, and during this odyssey realizes he loves Agnes Wickfield, praying she loves him too. Upon his return he proposes to her, and the two quickly marry. They later move into a house in London along with their young children, which include at least three girls (Little Agnes, Dora, and Betsey Trotwood Copperfield) and at least two boys. They live a wealthy lifestyle on David’s successful writing career. To read more and


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 Family Literacy and You second  book is Stuart Little

Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he’s shy and thoughtful, he’s also a true lover of adventure.

Stuart’s greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend? To read more and enter the giveaway click

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  1. I love hearing and reading about the great Authors from our past. Following FLAY with GFC under Lucky47 and email subscriber.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | September 10, 2011 <!– @ 5:27 pm –>| Edit | Reply

  2. My oldest grand son is reading the classics as part of a reading project in school. If I win this will be a great addition to his reading project.
    I liked Family Literacy on Facebook and I visited their site and entered a contest to verify my visit.
    grace at blessedelements dot com

    Comment by Grace | September 10, 2011 <!– @ 5:32 pm –>| Edit | Reply

  3. I love this author.
    I’m an email subscriber and follower of Family Literacy and you.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

    Comment by trinityrose | September 10, 2011 <!– @ 7:11 pm –>| Edit | Reply

  4. I would love to add this book to my library of classic stories we plan to read this year. We are reading the old Mr Poppers Penguins right now.

    Comment by Daily Woman | September 10, 2011 <!– @ 7:15 pm –>| Edit | Reply

  5. This is a great idea. I’ve been collecting classics for several years.

    Comment by Cherese Vines | September 10, 2011 <!– @ 7:31 pm –>| Edit | Reply

  6. This would certainly benefit my ESL students. I’d love to pique their interests and then include it in the classroom library for them to read.


    Comment by Benita | September 10, 2011 <!– @ 7:45 pm –>| Edit | Reply

  7. We’re about to embark on a series of classics for our read-aloud time. This would be a great addition.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

    Comment by domestic diva | September 10, 2011 <!– @ 7:48 pm –>| Edit | Reply

  8. I’m following Family Literacy and You via GFC.


    Comment by Benita | September 10, 2011 <!– @ 7:49 pm –>| Edit | Reply

  9. I must admit that this is one Dickens story that I do not know! I’d love to share it with my kids as I read aloud to them, and myself.
    I also follow Family Literacy & You.
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

    Comment by Alicia C. | September 11, 2011 <!– @ 10:42 am –>| Edit | Reply

  10. I have never read David Copperfield. I believe this would be something both me and my son could enjoy. If I don’t win I think the library is calling.

    Stuart Little is awesome ‘) one of our favorite classics!

    Comment by Larissa | September 11, 2011 <!– @ 1:15 pm –>| Edit | Reply

  11. i follow you on blogspot janell wagner

    Comment by janell wagner | September 11, 2011 <!– @ 5:06 pm –>| Edit | Reply

  12. Great giveaway. Here is a post I wrote about Classic Lit for Kids

    manoflabook at gmail dot com

    Comment by Man of la Book | September 11, 2011 <!– @ 7:26 pm –>| Edit | Reply

  13. Oh my gosh, I remember reading David Copperfield for the first time when I was in school! Such a powerful novel! I would love to win a copy to read to my preteen sons!!

    I am a GFC follower of both you and Family Literacy and You

    jwitt33 at live dot com

    Comment by Julie Witt | September 13, 2011 <!– @ 6:21 pm –>| Edit | Reply

  14. Following by email. My daughter loves to read and I’ve been having her read the classics this school year. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Comment by Amy W. | September 16, 2011 <!– @ 8:45 am –>| Edit | Reply

  15. I follow Family Literacy and You on Google Friend Connect under the username lilyk.

    Comment by Lily Kwan | September 17, 2011 <!– @ 6:19 am –>| Edit | Reply

  16. I love this classic book!

    Comment by Diana Hatch | September 17, 2011 <!– @ 8:07 am –>| Edit | Reply

  17. I would love to read this with my kids. Gfc follower ticklemetiffyyyy

    Comment by Tiffany U | September 17, 2011 <!– @ 8:56 am –>| Edit | Reply


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  1. I read the review of Great Expectations . I have never read it and i think its past time i am 54. I would like to share with my grandaughter and get her involved in the classics. about stealing the pie and all he seems really bothered by than mist kids during that time or even more today. ids tae things and don;t care who they belong to. Thanks Joannie jscddmj[at]aol[dot]com

    Comment by joannie sparks | September 24, 2011 | Reply

  2. I really enjoyed the fact that you included a small biography of the author. I will also have to go to Wikipedia to finish the review as soon as I finish entering. Thanks!

    Comment by carrie | September 25, 2011 | Reply

  3. I only know this story from the old B7W movie. How interesting that it was written in installments!
    I also follow Family Literacy & You and am heading over to enter for Pinocchio!
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

    Comment by Alicia C. | September 25, 2011 | Reply

  4. I’m also unaware that this was written in installments. What a compassionate and caring ma Charles Dickens was. To worry about the costs for those who hosted his reading. I love this Classics for Children and I’m already waiting for next year.:) Thanks Ella for hosting the Classics and bringing them to our families. GFC name is Lucky47. I’m a GFC follower for Family Literacy blogspot. Entered there as well.

    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | September 25, 2011 | Reply

  5. As we read through the classics, this would be a great one to augment our reading list. I read this book many years ago, but would love to share it with my son.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

    Comment by domestic diva | September 25, 2011 | Reply

  6. I read the review, I remember this book in high school but that has been a while and dont remember it well. I want to read it with my kids soon. My oldest is 10 and I think he would enjoy it if I read with him.

    Comment by Daily Woman | September 26, 2011 | Reply

  7. I haven’t read this book since high school and would love to reread it. I read the book description, am following Family Literacy and you and clicked the link to get there. Thanks for the possibility.


    Comment by Benita | September 28, 2011 | Reply

  8. I read Great Expectations in high school and enjoyed it very much. South Park has a funny adaption of this book. I follow Family Literacy and You on Google Friend Connect under the username lilyk. I entered Family Literacy and You’s Pinocchio giveaway.

    Comment by Lily Kwan | September 30, 2011 | Reply

  9. I read your review and I think this would be great for the kids and I to take turns reading aloud. Its exciting because I have always wanted to read it and I want to be able to expose my kids to classic and great pieces if literature.

    Comment by Tiffany | October 1, 2011 | Reply

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