The Clown of God

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In the oral tradition, storytellers through the centuries have told and retold tales, changing them often to fit their own lives and mores. Following this tradition, I have lovingly retold this ancient legend, shaping it to my own life and experience.
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Overview

In the oral tradition, storytellers through the centuries have told and retold tales, changing them often to fit their own lives and mores. Following this tradition, I have lovingly retold this ancient legend, shaping it to my own life and experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156181921
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1978
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 94,376
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola
Best known for his award-winning picture book Strega Nona and for the 26 Fairmount Avenue series of chapter books, Tomie dePaola is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in the field of children's literature.

Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 27, 2007

      Good moral

      I believe that this book can teach a child, or adult, that in God's eyes it is better to give than receive, even if you have little to give. God Bless!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 5, 2003

      Warm and Wonderful

      This story is beautiful in its simplicity and warmth and it has become a favorite of my family since we first checked it out of the library when my brother was 4 (he is now 22!). The sweet, simple story of a street performer as he grows older becomes a miracle-story for Christmas. It is a true reminder of how the best and greatest gifts more often than not come from the heart, not from the wallet. I have since shared this book with my young cousins and look forward to being able to share it with my future neices, nephews and children. I urge you to do the same.

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    • Posted December 8, 2014

      I was only recently introduced to this book and, even as a young

      I was only recently introduced to this book and, even as a young adult, immediately came to love it. The story is well-written and contains a number of inspiring lessons. I appreciate that the book brought out how we can use our talents not only to uplift and bring joy to others, but to glorify God as well.

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    • Posted May 7, 2010

      The Clown of God

      Tomie DePaola is a wonderful writer and this is one of my most favorite books. Every time I read this book I cry, it is so sad but I absolutely LOVE it!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 23, 2007

      FANTASTIC BOOK!!!

      LOVE THIS BOOK!! I HAVE READ IT MANY MANY TIMES IS MY LIFE, I AM A MOTHER NOW AND MY CHILDREN ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS I DID AT THEIR AGE (and truth be told I still love it)!!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 4, 2005

      awesome!

      Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! I am a mom of three ages 6, 4, and 18 mos. We borrowed it from the library and now we cannot wait to buy it. I am also a high school teacher of Spanish and I have told all the english teachers about it as well. Read more books like these instead of sending your kids to CCD. Thank you Tomie!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 14, 2002

      Superb

      I love this book. The message of doing your best for God, inspired by love for Him is beautifully depicted, inspiring devotion for God while at the same time giving a most valuable model for us to follow, adults as well as children!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 29, 2001

      This is my favorite story of all time...

      and I am a college student at Yale. I've read the classics and the best-sellers, ancient myths and modern works, but none have touched me as deeply as this simple tale of a clown who gives his best...I still cry every time I read it.

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