Alegría plena (Great Joy)

Alegría plena (Great Joy)

by Kate DiCamillo, Bagram Ibatoulline
     
 

"With spot-on storytelling rhythms and pacing, Newbery Medalist DiCamillo spins a tale of compassion and holiday warmth." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Frances can’t stop thinking about the organ grinder and monkey on the corner, especially after she sees them sleeping outside on the cold street at midnight. When the day

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"With spot-on storytelling rhythms and pacing, Newbery Medalist DiCamillo spins a tale of compassion and holiday warmth." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Frances can’t stop thinking about the organ grinder and monkey on the corner, especially after she sees them sleeping outside on the cold street at midnight. When the day of the Christmas pageant arrives, and it’s Frances’s turn to speak, 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 and acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline present a timeless story of compassion and joy.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The plotline is simplicity itself, and the text lacks any sentimentality or fluff, allowing the acrylic paintings, reminiscent of Norman Rockwell's work in their warmth and realism, to enrich and expand the story.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Newbery Medalist DiCamillo spins a tale of compassion and holiday warmth.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Ibatoulline's evocative artowkr moves [the story] to a higher level. The setting is the 1940s, and the art captures the time beautifully.
—Booklist (starred review)

This simple but powerful story will indeed bring the reader great joy.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Children's Literature - Ramirose I. Attebury
A heartwarming story mixes with serene scenes of winter in this simple Christmas tale. When an organ grinder and his monkey turn up on a street corner outside of Francisca's downtown apartment, she expresses concern to her mother about where they stay during the cold snowy nights. Peeking down on them long after she was supposed to be asleep, Francisca discovers them sleeping on the street. The next day as her mother rushes the pretty blond girl along to their church's Nativity play, in which she has a small speaking part, the caring Francisca drops some money in the monkey's tin cup and invites the organ grinder and his companion to the church. When her turn to speak in the play arrives, Francisca is rendered mute—until she sees the organ grinder and his monkey arrive at the back of the sanctuary. She then exclaims great tidings of joy. Although the plot is simple, its seasonal goodwill should resonate with audiences of all ages. Soft, hazy illustrations set the time as the 1940s and evoke the simple joys of the holiday season. This book will should be a popular selection during Christmas time in both public and school libraries with Spanish speaking populations. Reviewer: Ramirose I. Attebury

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763658861
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
903,808
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
The plotline is simplicity itself, and the text lacks any sentimentality or fluff, allowing the acrylic paintings, reminiscent of Norman Rockwell's work in their warmth and realism, to enrich and expand the story.
—School Library Journal

Newbery Medalist DiCamillo spins a tale of compassion and holiday warmth.
—Publishers Weekly

Ibatoulline's evocative artowkr moves [the story] to a higher level. The setting is the 1940s, and the art captures the time beautifully.
—Booklist

This simple but powerful story will indeed bring the reader great joy.
—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, winner of a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award; THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, winner of the Newbery Medal; BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, a Newbery Honor winner; THE TIGER RISING, a National Book Award Finalist; and four books starring Mercy Watson, including a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. She lives in Minneapolis.

Bagram Ibatoulline is the illustrator of THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, as well as THE SERPENT CAME TO GLOUCESTER by M. T. Anderson, HANA IN THE TIME OF THE TULIPS by Deborah Noyes, THE ANIMAL HEDGE by Paul Fleischman, THE NIGHTINGALE retold by Stephen Mitchell, and CROSSING by Philip Booth. He lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
March 25, 1964
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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