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Everyone recalls the adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol but not everyone remembers all the characters in that story, least of all Tiny Tim. His deteriorating health and struggle to use his legs leave his parents fearing that each passing day may be his last. With Christmas upon them, the Crachit family pulls together their meager resources to plan a special holiday meal but what they do not realize is that things will never be the same after this Christmas. Their physically challenged son's lovable nature may just be the reason why in Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol: Another Untold Miracle of Charles Dickens's Classic by Leonard Szymczak.
Holiday cheer and the essence of the Christmas spirit feature prominently in this new take on a famous work. Leonard Szymczak tells this story from the point of view of his principal character which provides a completely different approach from what I was expecting. Tim's struggles with Peter and Matthew mirror the affairs of almost any home that is passing through the rigors of sibling rivalry and create the authentic atmosphere that powers this story. The Scrooge touch is obvious but minimal enough to give the story a life of its own without drowning out its unique message. The spirit of Christmas depicted in it abounds with the youthful vigor associated with a book whose principal target is children. Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol is one for all ages. The tale may be a bit predictable but that does not detract from being the enjoyable reading experience that it is.