Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo, Bagram Ibatoulline - First Edition - Childrens Books, Kids Books, Christmas Story, Bedtime Story, Homeless


First edition of Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline: Frances shows her mother and community the true spirit of Christmas.

Written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. 2007, stated first edition, first printing. Candlewick Press, publishers.

Kate DiCamillo is the award-winning author of Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride (Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Christopher Medal), The Tale of Despereaux (Newbery Medal), Because of Wynn-Dixie (Newbery Honor), and The Tiger Rising (National Book Award finalist).

In DiCamillo's first picture book, she and illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline evoke Miracle on 34th Street. Frances and her mother live in an apartment on the corner of Fifth and Vine. The week before Christmas, an organ grinder and his monkey setup across the street. Frances's fascination turns to concern when she realizes that they live on the street, cold and hungry. Her mother turns down appeals to help the "stranger" until they walk to the church Christmas pageant and she's moved to tell him, if only in passing, that he can come to the church. Frances takes the stage as the Christmas angel, but when it's time to deliver her line she hesitates until the organ grinder enters, and then she declares, "Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy!"

Bagram Ibatoulline's warm, nostalgic pictures stir the feelings of comfort of warm clothes and a cozy home and the cold and loneliness of a snowy night spent on the street.

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Condition*: Near Fine/Near Fine. The front endpaper shows light fingerprints along the lower edge of the coated gold paper. The dust jacket shows only minor shelf wear.

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