Google is honoring the 200th birthday of one of the literary greats, Charles Dickens. The Doodle will appear on the February 7th which marks his 200th birthday. In the image below, you can see the beautifully illustrated tribute to one of the most popular English authors of the Victorian period, and possibly of all time.
The doodle is a combination of many characters from his stories and is set in the Victorian theme. If you are a parent or teacher, you might consider using the doodle as a teaching tool. You could ask your children to identify the various characters represented in the illustration.
It is hard to pick which of Dickens’ works that would be considered his best. However, I am personally touched by “A Christmas Carol” as it has been a part of my Christmas tradition since I was a child. Who could forget characters like Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim. Dickens had a way of bringing out the realities of a harsh world, yet incorporate characters like the Christmas ghosts to spark the imagination.
Tomorrow will be a celebration across the globe as fans of the English writer will celebrate his 200th birthday in many ways. In fact, and entire website has been dedicated to the event. If you go to www.dickens2012.org you can join in with people from all over the globe to show appreciation for this great man. The website is full of information about Dickens. There is an event calendar where you can find events close to you.
Hopefully you can take a moment to pause and reflect on the birthday of a great man who added so much to literature. If you don’t, we may have to consider you a “Scrooge” and “Bah Humbug!”.