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Great Joy

It is just before Christmas when an organ grinder and monkey appear on the street corner outside Frances' 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' 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.

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"Great Joy harkens back to a simpler time -- to a world of childhood innocence, wonder, trust and compassion -- a time when Christmas was an occasion for reverence, warmth and joy. Kate DiCamillo has written a lovely story for readers of all ages to share and to cherish. This slim and graceful book, with its simple yet timeless message, lives up to its title -- it does bring tidings of Great Joy." -- Donna Volkennant, Kidsreads

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline
ISBN 0763629205
Publication Date Oct 9, 2007
Publisher Candlewick
Language English