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Great Joy (midi edition) por Kate DiCamillo
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Great Joy (midi edition) (original 2007; edição 2010)

por Kate DiCamillo (Autor)

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Just before Christmas, when Frances sees a sad-eyed organ grinder and his monkey performing near her apartment, she cannot stop thinking about them, wondering where they go at night, and wishing she could do something to help.
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Título:Great Joy (midi edition)
Autores:Kate DiCamillo (Autor)
Informação:Candlewick (2010), Edition: Illustrated, 32 pages
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Frances sees an organ grinder and his monkey on the street corner under her apartment. She wonders where they go at night, and find they sleep on the street, too. She gives them money and invites them to come see her in the church Christmas pageant. ( )
  Tarawyn | Dec 19, 2017 |
Great Joy takes place just before the holiday of Christmas. The main character Frances sees a monkey and his owner from outside her window on the street. Later that same night Frances sees the man and his monkey sleeping on the street. This book is good to see how this character reacts to seeing other individuals dealing with some problems. ( )
  emmmyjane | Oct 1, 2017 |
Text and illustrations pack a gentle emotional punch; very evocative of the era and a beautiful story. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
The combination of a Christmas story of homelessness, a little girl who is concerned, and the inclusion and safety of a church, lends to an incredible tale, rich in meaning and significance at this time of year. With the added lush, rich, incredible illustrations of Bagram Ibatoulline this is my favorite illustrated book of 2014.

When a little girl notices a lonely organ grinder and his monkey standing on the street corner during a very cold day, she cannot help but wonder what happens to them during the night. Purposely staying awake, she waits and watches in the dark as she sees them alone, cold and sad.

Asking her mother what will happen to them provides frustration as she is consumed with day-to-day tasks. The setting appears to be WWII and there is an unspoken, but implied sense that the father is absent, perhaps away at war.

When her mother prepares her costume for the Christmas Eve pageant, the young girl once again worries about the man and his monkey in the cold of winter. Dropping a coin into the cup of the monkey, she invites the organ grinder to attend church that evening.

Hopeful that the organ grinder will come to church to see her read her biblical lines regarding the birth of Jesus who will bring great joy, she finds she cannot say her words until she sees the door open and the organ grinder enter the church.

The organ grinder is welcomed after the service and for this shining night he is happy. In a mere 32 pages, the author raises many issues. The ending is unclear and we are left to wonder what happens after that Christmas Eve night. So often, we reach out to others over the holidays, forgetting the needs still unmet for the remainder of the year. So often, in our haste and daily wear and tear, we have little energy for others. It is through the eyes of a sensitive child, that the story comes to life. It is her compassion and questioning, that lives are touched, if only for one evening filled with meaning and joy. ( )
2 vote Whisper1 | Dec 20, 2014 |
Celebrated children's novelist Kate DiCamillo, who won a Newbery Medal in 2004 for The Tale of Despereaux, turns here to the picture-book, spinning a lovely Christmas tale that perfectly captures the spirit of the season. As young Frances and her mother prepare for the upcoming Christmas pageant at church, the young girl finds herself drawn to the melancholy organ grinder who shows up, together with his red-capped monkey, on the corner across from her city apartment one day. Questioning her mother about the man, and where he and his monkey sleep at night, she is met with evasive non-answers. Waking up late one night, and spying the man and his monkey huddling on the corner, she realizes that they have no home. Distressed and concerned, she asks her mother if they can have the man to dinner, only to be told that strangers can't be invited into the home. Passing the man on the way to church, Frances has an inspired idea, realizing that there is one place where she can invite strangers to enter...

With a moving story, one that perfectly blends the wonder of the Christmas season, as seen through the eyes of a child, with the more adult realities of want and sorrow, and beautiful illustrations that capture the light and darkness in the story, Great Joy is a book that seems to move effortlessly toward its heartfelt conclusion. I appreciated the emotional honesty here - the depiction of Frances' concern, the fact that Frances' mother doesn't have the answers or solutions that she is looking for, the reality that, despite including the organ grinder in the Christmas celebration, his situation hasn't changed by the end of the story - and enjoyed the historical setting (it looks to be the 1930s or 1940s). The artwork is simply breathtaking, with a soft sensibility that works very well, particularly in some of the more shadowy scenes. I think this would make an excellent introduction to the topic of homelessness and hunger, or of social inclusion, for some young children. The open-ended conclusion - we never really find out what happens to the organ grinder after the pageant - lends itself naturally to discussion, and raises questions such as: what more (if anything) should Frances, her mother, and the church community do, to help the organ grinder? Just a lovely, lovely story, one that gets at the heart of the true spirit of Christmas, in the shape of our love for our fellow human beings. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 24, 2013 |
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