A Child's Dream of a Star


A Child's Dream of a Star, by Charles Dickens, was published in 1871. This very short story, beautifully illustrated by Hammatt Billings, is filled with the sorrow of death and the hope of the eternal. In simple prose that children can understand, Dickens masterfully imagines the timeline of a man from child to grave, and how he dreams of eventually being reunited with his loved ones along the “sparkling road” of the star.

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Flesh Reading Ease
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87 (easy)