Discover Great Joy

January 7, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline; published by Candlewick Press; Cambridge, Mass.; 2007.

The gold end pages remind me of the gifts of the Wise Men. Indeed, this compassionate tale of a little girl reaching out from the warmth of her life is a perfect Christmas story. Ibatoulline’s acrylic gouache illustrations have a warm, nostalgic glow that perfectly complement DiCamillo’s heart-warming text.

I would most definitely include this book in a Christmas display and include it on a recommended reading list for the winter holidays.


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Calling all chickens Oh, sweet nostalgia!


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