Alegría plena (Great Joy)

Overview

"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 ...

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Overview

"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.

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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)

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763658861
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,037,972
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate DiCamillo
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.

Biography

Kate DiCamillo was born in Philadelphia, moved to Florida's warmer climate when she was five years old, and landed in Minneapolis in her 20s.

While working at a children's bookstore, DiCamillo wrote her first novel, Because of Winn-Dixie (2000). It was inspired by one of the worst winters in Minnesota, when she became homesick for Florida after overhearing a little girl with a southern accent. One thing led to another, and soon DiCamillo had created the voice of Opal Buloni, a resilient ten-year-old girl who has just moved to a small town in Florida with her father. Opal's mother abandoned the family when she was three years old, and her father has a hard time explaining why.

Thoug her father is busy and she has no friends, Opal's life takes a turn for the better when she adopts a fun-loving stray dog, Winn-Dixie (named after the supermarket where she found him, out in the parking lot). With Winn-Dixie as her guide, Opal makes friends with the eccentric people of her new town and even convinces her father to talk about her mother. Through Opal, readers are given a gift: a funny and heartrending story of how one girl's spirit can change her life and others'. Critics loved the book as much as readers, and in 2001, Because of Winn-Dixie was named a Newbery Honor Book.

DiCamillo's second novel, The Tiger Rising (2001), also deals with the importance of friendships, families, and making changes. Twelve-year-old Rob Horton and his father are dealing with grief, anger, and isolation after moving to Lister, Florida, six months after Rob's mother succumbs to cancer. Rob's father has a job at a motel (where they both also live), but it barely pays the bills. Struggling through the loss of his mother, Rob stifles his many confusing emotions as he battles bullies at his new school, worries about a rash on his legs, and copes with living in poverty.

In many ways, The Tiger Rising is a darker, more challenging story than Because of Winn-Dixie, but there is a similar light of deliverance in this beautiful novel: the healing power of friendship. Two meetings change Rob's life. First, he encounters a caged lion in the woods. Shortly thereafter he meets Sistine, who has recently moved to Lister after her parents' divorce. Sistine and Rob are polar opposites -- she stands up to the school bullies and lets out every bit of her anger at her parents' divorce and her relocation. Through Sistine, Rob recognizes himself in the caged lion, and the story of how the two children free the beast is one of the most engaging reads in contemporary young adult fiction. With the lion free, Rob is free to grieve the loss of his mother and move on with his bittersweet new life in Lister. A National Book Award finalist, The Tiger Rising is hard to put down as it overflows with raw, engaging emotion.

In 2003, DiCamillo's third novel, The Tale of Despereaux, was released to the delight of readers and critics alike. This odd but enthralling fairy tale also touches on some of the topics from her first two novels -- parental abandonment and finding the courage to be yourself. The hero, Despereaux Tilling, is a mouse who has always been different from the rest of his family, and to make matters worse, he has broken a serious rule: interacting with humans, particularly Princess Pea, who captures his heart. When Despereaux finds himself in trouble with the mouse community, he is saddened to learn that his father will not defend him. Characters in the tale are Princess Pea, whose mother died after seeing a rat in her soup; King Pea, who, in his grief, declares that no soup may be served anywhere in the kingdom; Miggery Sow, a servant girl who dreams of being a princess after being sold into servitude by her father after her mother dies; and Roscuro, a villainous rat with a curious soup obsession.

The story of how the characters' paths cross makes The Tale of Despereaux an adventurous read, reminiscent of Grimm's fairy tales. In the spirit of love and forgiveness, Despereaux changes everyone's life, including his own. As the unnamed, witty narrator of the novel tells us, "Every action, reader, no matter how small, has a consequence." Kate DiCamillo's limitless imagination and her talent for emotional storytelling earned her one of the most prestigious honors a children's author can receive -- in 2004, she was awarded the Newbery Medal.

Good To Know

DiCamillo wrote The Tale of Despereaux for a friend's son, who had asked her to write a story for him about a hero with large ears.

In our interview, DiCamillo shared some other fun facts with us: :

"I can't cook and I'm always on the lookout for a free meal."

"I love dogs and I'm an aunt to a very bad dog named Henry."

"My first job was at McDonald's. I was overjoyed when I got a nickel raise."

"I'm a pretty boring person. I like reading. I like eating dinner out with friends. I like walking Henry. And I like to laugh."

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

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