Great Joy

Great Joy

Book - 2007
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In her first picture book, America's beloved storyteller Kate DiCamillo reunites with Bagram Ibatoulline to offer readers an unforgettable holiday gift.

It is just before Christmas when an organ grinder and monkey appear on the street corner outside Frances's apartment. Frances can see them from her window and, sometimes, when it's quiet, she can hear their music. In fact, Frances can't stop thinking about them, especially after she sees the man and his monkey sleeping outside on the cold street at midnight. When the day of the Christmas pageant arrives, and it's Frances's turn to speak, everyone waits silently. But all Frances can think about is the organ grinder's sad eyes -- until, just in time, she finds the perfect words to share. Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo pairs once again with acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline as she presents a timeless story of compassion and joy.
Publisher: Candlewick Press,� 2007
ISBN: 9780763629205
Branch Call Number: E DICA
Additional Contributors: Ibatoulline, Bagram


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CRRLKids Nov 30, 2015

Frances is deeply worried about the organ grinder and his monkey who stand out on the corner under her apartment day and night in the bitter cold. She reaches out to the man with a sweet and caring gesture that seems to embody the spirit of the season. Beautiful details bring the 1940s setting to life.

Dec 27, 2013

this was a lovely story - depicting one of the real aspects of Christmas - caring for others. Beautiful illustrations too. I read it to a group of 4-5 year olds and they listened well.

Nov 30, 2009

An inspiring little story. I love Dicamillo, and wasn't dissappointed.

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